Bumblefoot surgery Update - RIP Duckie :(

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Tbird84, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. Tbird84

    Tbird84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a black Swedish duck that was included with my chocolate muscovies as a 'mystery duck' when I got them. Well, I looked at his feet and...well, I thought bumblefoot at first. Though there is not really a scab so much as more of a callous with a 'seedy' texture. Hope that makes some kind of sense. I just want to make sure what it is before I go cutting and digging.
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  2. Sootsie

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    sorry i cant help so bumping you up the list in the hope someone else can
     
  3. chicks4kids

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    Maybe if you edit your title to say "with pic" you might get a better response. I myself would say it looks like it, but have never experienced it, so I don't know for sure. Hope someone can help!!
     
  4. Amiga

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    From what I can see it appears to be bumblefoot. That looks like a good size one, but it may be the picture (sometimes closer objects appear larger).

    I am very cautious about cutting into feet - actually have not tried that. I have been able to catch bumblefoot very early so that all I have had to do is clean and apply triple antibiotic. After a few weeks, it's gone.

    The insides, from what I have read, are not watery, or easy to drain.

    Perhaps some people with more experience with more advanced cases can advise you.

    Could you check with a vet? Cutting open a foot increases the risk of infection. But leaving a bumble alone can also lead to more trouble. I just don't know if it is far enough along to justify cutting it open, or if some epsom salt soaks and antibiotic would do it. In any case, it takes a while. Try not to lose patience.

    Poor little duck.

    Until you are sure, I would start with some soaking and cleaning and antibiotic ointment. You don't want the duck to drink the epsom salts water, so a compress would make more sense.
     
  5. Sootsie

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  6. WingingIt

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    It sure looks like it to me, too.
     
  7. Tbird84

    Tbird84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have looked at most everything I can find, but I am one of those that wants to know for SURE before I cut. My dad had a sayin', measure twice cut once. Not measuring anything here, but I only want to cut once. [​IMG] They are pretty big. He has one on the other foot too. I just know my other ducks don't have it. This didn't look like a simple open it up and scoop out the gunk. I'll try to get a better pic. Good thing he is so calm and some what tame.
     
  8. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    It looks like it. Does he have trouble walking?
     
  9. Tbird84

    Tbird84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I appreciate it guys. He doesn't even have his drake curl yet and looks like this. [​IMG] He has been in my spare bath tub most of the afternoon soaking his feet in warm water. He really liked that. He doesn't seem to have trouble walking, but I have had him in a dog kennel so I can keep an eye on him. So, haven't gotten a full view of his gait. And to my knowledge we only have one farm vet even close, and I don't believe they do bird. I recently had to put my horse down, so vet fees are a no. I have antibiotics. That's not a problem, just hope to be able to do this without using them.

    I got a few better pics for you all.
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  10. Tbird84

    Tbird84 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is very informative! There seemed to be alot of stuff about bumblefoot but nothing documenting with pics as they went. Thanks!
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