In the Brooder
- Dec 2, 2015
Chico the chicken got surgery for a very bad case of Bumblefoot on Thursday night. He seems peppy. He is eating and drinking a bit, though not as much as I'd like. Probably 1 cup of food and 2-3 cups of water today. He crowed several times today if that's any indicator of his health.
I have been trying to keep the wound exposed to air as that is supposed to help with healing. He is in a ~75 degree room and has gotten two shots of penicillin, though when I injected today it bled a bit when I withdrew the needle so I hope I hit deep enough in the muscle. He has a wound on the bottom of his foot that is large but healing alright (he really doesn't want to get flipped over for a picture of that) and this slit on top which was necessary to remove an infection core bigger than a marble. I tried to cut out as much pus as possible but had to leave a lot in as the swelling is enormous and he began to bleed quite a bit. His foot is at least 1/3 smaller than it was, which is a major improvement, though this slit has opened up wider instead of healing closed.
My questions: Will the rubbery pus still inside his foot be cleared out naturally now that the core infection is removed?
Is there anything I can do to improve healing? I applied a bit of neosporin today but otherwise am trying to leave it to heal.
Starting this afternoon, I noticed the dark area on the side of the slit portion, near his toe. I think it is new. Is this bruising, or a sign of a secondary infection? What should I do?
Thank you for your help. Chico will have to go back outside tomorrow as the crowing is unbearable, advice for that transition would be great, too.