I'm almost certain this is bumblefoot, and I'm embarrassed to admit that despite the fact my well-loved chicken has been limping for the last few weeks, I neglected to look at her feet, but continued to look for leg injuries instead. The last few days have been hot here in Northern California, and so Betty comes inside to hap in the pet carrier in front of the fan until it cools off. She was enjoying a lot of attention when I saw a scab on her foot. So I had my husband hold her while I poked with a Qtip and took photos to get a better look. The scab was loose, more like a flap and Betty easily pulled it off herself after we set her down. Once I saw the photos, I sprayed the wound with Viceryn and wrapped it with gauze and tape. Now for the questions: I've been reading about this all day and know if it's bumblefoot, it's also likely Staff (yes, I washed my hands!) but I don't see a hard kernel inside, nor is it red or puffy. Most of the advice I can find tells me to try to dig out the "kernel" but I'm not sure that is applicable in this case. Veterinarians who see chickens are non-existent in my area, so that's not an option. Should I continue to spray it and wrap it, or should I try to dig for the "kernel?"
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