Bumblefoot

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Pinkjeanne, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. Pinkjeanne

    Pinkjeanne Out Of The Brooder

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    After a wet spring, we have had an abundance of goat-head stickers on our property. Three of my girls developed bumble foot, probably from the stickers. This is my first time dealing with this. I'm a retired nurse, so after watching video instructions on removing the kernels, I was able to do the procedure without difficulty. It's been a little over a week, and after a nightly soak, I remove any new scab forming on the foot, spray with Vetericyn, and bandage their feet with antibiotic ointment, a small gauze pad, and vet wrap. The wounds look good, with healthy, pink tissue filling in. But one hen, Twilight, has me a little concerned. The pad of her foot is soft, the hole looks healthy & pink, and it doesn't seem tender. After soaking, I still get a small amount of stringy, clear-to-opaque drainage from the center of the hole. She had a firm lump between 2 of her toes when I started treating her, and it is still there. It doesn't seem tender at all when I press on it, but it doesn't look any smaller, & it is still firm. A couple of days ago I tried to probe into the center of the hole again, to see if there was more infection, but I stopped because it really seemed to hurt her. The initial surgery didn't seem painful at all, since there was infection & dead tissue. Money is an issue, so I would like to avoid going to a vet if I can. My gut tells to be patient, keep doing the soaks & dressing changes & to avoid further probing around in the wound. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  5. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.
     
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    I hope your hens recover from bumblefoot soon.
     

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