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Can Young Chicks Have Bumblefoot? Pictures!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by angelbabyamy, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. angelbabyamy

    angelbabyamy Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    Myrtle Point, OR
    I hope I didn't make a stupid mistake! I bought some Lavender Orpington and Marans chicks Friday. I met the seller in a parking lot and it was dark, they appeared healthy so I paid her and took them home.
    I haven't messed with them much,but when I was cleaning the brooder yesterday as I took them out, I turned them all upside down to check for pasty butt and noticed what appears to be black sores or red spots on the bottoms of their feet. Some looked black,so I tried to pull it off the foot of one, thinking it was old dried on poop, and when I pulled it off, it put a hole between the chick's toes! I brought home 20 chicks. The oldest hatched February 12 and the others are probably a week or so younger.
    The bottoms on some appear swollen, I can't pull the scabs off easily.I'm afraid to mess with them. They appear healthy.I would say about 2/3 have these type of sores. They were not on medicated feed,so I started them on that. Do you think they could have been on rough bedding or on dirty litter? Can chicks this young develope bumblefoot? Would the medicated feed help if there were staph? It contains Bacitracin Methylene Disalicylate.
    I am worried, they weren't cheap and I drove 300 miles round trip.
    Here are a few photos. These are 2 different chicks, Please ignore the dirty fingernail! [​IMG]


  2. they look like there were kept on cement or something hard. i had chicks like that that i had on cement, they developed sores so i moved them. I wouldnt mess with them. if there walking fine id leave them and just keep an eye on there feet. what i did wit mine was put antibiotic ointment on a small peice of gaze and taped it to the bottom of there feet like if u made a splint for crooked toes.
  3. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

    Sep 10, 2010
    Doesnt look like bumblefoot, looks like a callous but could get infected. understand your concern.

    I place about an inch of warm/very warm water in a rubbermaid container, add some epsom salts and I like to add pine shavings to create a spongy wet mess that the birds can stand on.

    put them in there for 10-15 mins, watching the temp of the water, dont want them to chill, I have done this with older birds not chicks..

    take them out, let them dry in another brooder of dry pine shavings and then inspect them and give them a quick spray of blue kote, make sure you are wearing an old shirt, there will be purple over spray.

    since they are chicks, they should heal fast.

    nice catch. good observation skills.
  4. angelbabyamy

    angelbabyamy Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    Myrtle Point, OR
    Oh, good! I will try that, I have been worried! I can't imagine having such special birds and letting their feet get like that!
    Thank you!

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