Hi all! I posted on Dec 21st thanking you all for the links and stuff to help me perform bumblefoot surgery. I wrapped it up and then unwrapped it a couple days later and got out more core and re-wrapped it. (Of course I also applied iodine and antibiotic cream). I unwrapped it again today, soaked it, and examined it. The foot believe it or not is much less swollen, and there was dead skin peeling off where it had been swollen before. I see the same thing in my human patients whose swelling is coming down on a hand or foot. The foot is also not overly warm to the touch anymore, just normal body temperature. However I had expected it to be a lot smaller by now if I got all the core out. I applied iodine to the foot and then removed the scab again to see if there was core inside. The scab was not black this time, just brown scab-colored, and I did not see any core inside. I rinsed and probed and squeezed some to see if any came up and I didn't see a thing. It still feels very firm though. Can you all look at this photo and see if I need to keep looking for core? Or just give it more time for swelling to go down and then look for more core later? Will it eventually work its way up if there is some more in there? I hesitate to go digging as she was responding a lot more to it today and wiggling in pain, and I don't want to damage healthy tissue. The quail has been a trooper through all of this, eating, drinking, walking around with her "boot" on, and even laying eggs still. The white you can see in the photo is not really white, it's just reflection of a wet surface. The inside of the wound is only red and pink. I did not see any white/yellow inside the wound at all. Also the brownish area to the right of the wound is a bruise, not a scab. Thanks a lot!