Duck with Bumblefoot

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kangasox, May 23, 2016.

  1. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read through several threads on here, and googled. There seem to be SO many ways to deal with bumblefoot. I have at least one duck (will check everyone tonight) with it. I will try to get a pic later, but it is a clear bump with a black spot on her middle toe, about the size of a pea. She has a clear limp. They are in a coop with pine shavings, pen with dirt floor, mostly out foraging over a partially wooded acre.

    I am hoping someone can lead me through/add to my plan. @Miss Lydia? @Amiga? [​IMG].

    Surgery seems to be not the best first option, yes? Or is this to that point?

    -soak in tub with Epsom salts
    Once or twice a day?
    -cover with clear iodine
    How often?
    Keep covered?
    Keep in house? With friend?
    -after a few days, try to pull off scab, drain, pack with bacitracin, wrap

    Am I on the right track? Thanks for any guidance!
     
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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    The Clif Notes version:

    soak well, maybe 20 minutes or more. Just letting her noodle around in the tub should work fine.

    Dry the foot.

    Apply two or three drops of clear iodine (you know it's the clear stuff that works, yes?)

    Let it dry

    Do not wrap the foot.

    Haunted55 kept her duck, who had a somewhat advanced case, in a clean smaller area, with fresh water and food, of course.

    After five days or so (for some it seems to take a little longer), check the scab. Soak the foot again, and see if it easily (no yanking or gouging needed) comes out. If so, it will come out with yuck attached. In some cases, there is a bit more stuff in there, so you put a couple more drops of clear iodine on the spot, let it dry, wait, and repeat.

    I don't know of anyone who has had to go through more than two cycles of this. Perhaps @Miss Lydia needed to, with her chicken, once.....

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  3. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. Thanks @Amiga. Yes, clear iodine. So 5 day wait before another tx? She won't die in that time? I know you're not a vet, but maybe you stayed at a holiday Inn express last night. I am a terrible worrier of worst case scenario! [​IMG]

    Ducks. Good thing they are cute.
     
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  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I had to treat my chicken twice because the first time I was using the reg iodine. Your on the right track @Kangasox How bad is the bumble is it isolated to just one place or has it spread?
     
  5. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to go out and check her again when my husband gets home @Miss Lydia. My 5 year old wasn't much help [​IMG]. I will see if her leg is warm and check everyone else and try to get pics. I guess learning in the trenches us all part of it!
     
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    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Yep !
     
  7. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had better luck with a hydrogen peroxide soak for as long as my back can tolerate it (about 10 minutes).

    I used warm epsom salt soaks/swims for a week and I couldn't peel the "scab" away but i was able to get the insanely tiny wild rose thorn out. My hen would limp one day, be fine the next and so on. My hen became completely spoiled to being picked up and carried up to the house for a swim.

    I just recently started hydrogen peroxide soaks once a day at bedtime. Followed by a dab of decolorized iodine. The next morning the swelling was way down and she wasn't limping.

    I only plan on using the iodine every 7 days because it's a strong solution.

    WEAR DISPOSABLE GLOVES!

    Firstly to protect yourself from the infectious material (staph bacteria) and secondly, the iodine stains. I have iodine stain spots on my favorite chore overalls. If i hadn't had gloves on I'd probably have iodine stains on my hands too.
    to it.
     
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  8. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I went out to check feet. Out of 14, I have one definite, one definite but looks old(?), one possible, and one Drake with a couple small scratch marks across his toes, no bumps. All ducks have slightly bumpy toes in general, yes? For the definite/limpy girl, her left leg definitely seems warmer than her right and we noticed her standing on one leg. I will try to get a pic of all possibly affected feet when my husband gets home. Of course, one of them is my Cayuga that detests me!

    How should I proceed? Treat all 4? Or just the obvious ones?
     
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  9. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the stain tip @cayugaducklady!
     
  10. Kangasox

    Kangasox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is pre- and postsoak of the worst one. She does seem to have a few spots on her feet, another Cayuga girl does too. I soaked and iodined both of them and squeezed around a bit, no scabs coming off today. I also gave some acv in their water. They already get garlic in their food, so hopefully both of those will boost their immune systems. A friend also suggested lavender or oregano eo, or possibly a burdock root wrap. I don't want to do too many competing things though.

    http://m.imgur.com/a/O8rpZ

    Does this look like I can wait a few days or does she need imminent further assistance? I don't want things to get out of control. I made the mistake of reading one thread where they were talking about if the infection made it to the leg bone it was too late [​IMG].

    A couple other ducks have little small cuts on their feet. Is that normal? I'm at a loss as to what to do for prevention. Sweetgums and pinecones are rough on feet and everywhere in the landscape.

    Thanks so much for assistance so far!

    Edited - my pics won't upload [​IMG]
     
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