Can I Remove the Bandages? - Bumblefoot?


13 Years
Mar 15, 2011
Fort Worth, Tx
I had a hen get Bumblefoot and I took her to the vet to have the surgery. That tapped me out and I cant afford to take her back. We have been cleaning and re bandaging it every 48 hrs and it is pretty well scabbed over and on the way to healing. She has been separated from the flock in the "hospital" since Aug 22nd (day of surgery).

Do you feel I could remove the bandage and let her return to the flock?

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I'm no expert (figuring this out right now myself, but trying to do it at home)- but given those pictures, I think I'd want to keep it wrapped awhile longer. It does seem like it's been awhile, but I think I'd want to see more new skin? Maybe you could let it go a few more days without washing though. My primary frame of reference is horses (treating chickens is still pretty new to me), but in my experience with horses, if you continue to wash and re-bandage, sometimes you're actually making things take longer to heal than just leaving it alone unless you absolutely need to wash.

Will be curious what others say though.

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