Ducks/Bumblefoot/some questions

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Herb n Duck, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Herb n Duck

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    1. Must we cut out the core in order for the Bumblefoot to go away?
    2. After a duck goes lame from the Bumblefoot, is it reversible?
    3. Biggleswade appears to be losing his skin on his feet. We are finding orange pieces in his wrappings. Is this caused by too much Epsom salt in the soaking water, or what?
    4. Two contributors to Bumblefoot that I've read about are hard-packed ground and wire flooring. We have both. I have paths among native plants and raised beds of herbs. My neighbor, with whom I share the ducks, has 1/2 yard of (trampled) grass & 1/2 dirt. There is too much shade to grow grass. We are in small 1920's urban lots. Are we perpetually sunk with these environs? [We have put hay down on the coop floor for the last several days now.]

    Re: question 1. We have tried in order: oregano oil in coconut oil, diatomaceous earth, nix-all, vetericyn and neosporin.

    We are newbie owners of 7 Ancona ducks who are 6 months old.

    Thank you, thank you for any guidance.
     
  2. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Herb n Duck

    Herb n Duck New Egg

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    Thank you for your input! I am feeling like I am sinking.

    We have been dealing with this for 20 days with very little progress. They seem pretty infected to me. Although there is no redness or heat, most bumbles are 1" in diameter , with black scabs. Everyone has at least 3.

    How long on average does Bumblefoot take to go away? We are feeling the pain of buying multiple bandages & medicines, not to mention all the time it takes to deal with the feet twice daily.

    We have noticed the last few days, since we have not Epsom soaked Biggleswade's feet, that the skin peeling has abated. He is still lame and seems to be ultra sensitive when that foot is touched. Does that mean the staph has gotten into the joint?
     

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