Bumblefoot without the core

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by newchickiemom48, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. newchickiemom48

    newchickiemom48 Chirping

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    Hi -- Have a year old hen with what looks like bumblefoot. I first noticed her right foot being swollen. She has been walking fine and going about her activities. I soaked in Epsom Salts and sprayed with Vetracyn. I then saw a couple of U tube videos where people were plucking out the core and curing the bumblefoot. I am not comfortable with using a scapel on my chickens for lancing. I tried this but there was nothing to pull out. Just removed the scab. Tried expressing pus but only got a little blood. I soaked again and put dressing with Neosporin, gauze, and vet wrap and repeated again this morning. Has anyone experienced this before?
     
  2. Tlmcq

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    Do you have pics?
     
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  4. Wyorp Rock

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    Can you take her to a vet?

    A clearer photo of the scab/Bumble would be good:)
    A lot of times if the scab if just pulled off, you won't get the core out. To me, the foot is infected.

    You can try re-soaking in epsom salts, dry well, apply DECOLORIZED (Clear) Iodine to the foot, wrap well. Look at the foot the next day - see if there is a scab or core loose where you can pull it out - you may need to just re-soak, reapply the Decolorized Iodine and try the next day. This is "non-invasive". You may be able to get the core out, if not, then you may need to perform surgery and give antibiotics.
     
  5. newchickiemom48

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    Thank you. I was thinking possibly vet after looking at the swelling this morning. I've not had good outcomes with them though. They don't seem to take chickens seriously. I put on Smiles Prid this morning and redressed after soaking with Epsom salts. I'm going to try to give it a day or two before I go to the vet. I have Betadine - should I add that to her soaks?
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

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    The Prid may work to help draw up infection.

    You can add Betadine to the water - it has antiseptic properties. Bumblefoot is an infection caused by the staphylococcus bacteria (staph infection) which enters the chicken’s system through a cut, scratch, injury or a chafed and irritated area on its foot. So getting this under control would be a good idea.
     
  7. newchickiemom48

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    Did the soaks with the Betadine and Epsom salts. The Prid really seems to be helping. Much swelling has gone down.
     
  8. Wyorp Rock

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    Sounds good! I hope it continues to improve, please keep us posted.
     
  9. newchickiemom48

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    Just wanted to update on the bumblefoot. Had her dressed with the prid all this time. The core finally came to the surface. I pulled it out, was able to squeeze some pus out, soaked in Epsom salts, applied Betadine, applied more prid to draw out any further pus and a dressing to keep the site clean. Still walking fine and laying eggs.
     
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  10. Wyorp Rock

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    Good news! I'm glad the you were able to get the core out:)
    Sounds like the Prid worked well, this will be helpful to others in the future!
    Thank you for the update.
     
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