I have a hen that was found with some really nasty peck wounds from a rooster. Upon separating her from the group and treating in the wound I noticed that three toes on her left foot were swollen. I treated her with oral antibiotic, scrubbed head and foot with soapy water and applied vetrycin. I was sure the head would was going to do her in, but the head would looks perfect, and is scabbed up nicely. The foot, however has gotten worse. It does not appear like bumble foot, those seem to have a central pustule, this wound has scabbing the spirals around the longest toe, slices up another toe, and caused the littlest to swell up. The underside of the footpad was green and the foot seemed filled with fluid. With a smidge of would care experience as a summer vet tech (no birds though) I decided that the hen stood no chance of making it if the wound wasn't drained. A pre-op photo: I soaked the foot in Epsom salts to soften the skin, scrubbed with iodine, scraped off old scabbing with a pair of sterilized tweezers. I made a small incision with a sterile scalpel in the parts of the toes that appeared most filled with fluid. Since the toes had gone green I was thinking that the foot might have succumb to gangrene; I was expecting large amounts of foul smelling, cloudy, yellow-green pus. The wound drained only clear or light brown fluid (not cloudy, clear) the fluid did not have a foul odor. Some of the green skin peeled off to reveal pink fresh skin underneath. I scrubbed the wound again with iodine, packed the wound with triple antibiotic ointment and sterile gauze, and wrapped with vetrap. I also gave .20 CC of penicillin-G IM and have planned on a four day course. My plan is to re-dress the wound daily when I provide the injection. Today when I unwrapped the gauze I was not as hopeful as I was yesterday. I guess I expected more improvement. Parts of the toe look less fluid-filled, while others seem still swollen. Still not a bad odor, but less pleasant than yesterday. She is eating and drinking normally and showed interest in the peaches I offered her today. It might also do to say that my husband planned to cull the bird before the surgery. Since this particular bird spent almost two weeks living in my house due to a close over-heating call when she was a chick, I'm rather attached. Since she "talks" to me and perks up when she sees me, my husband thinks she's an imprint. Even during the surgery my husband mentioned that she seemed much calmer when I talked to her, vs when he was trying to talk to her. I would hate to get rid of her. Can anyone say when they might throw in the towel? Obviously, any streaking up the leg or fever in the bird might indicate a turn for the worse. If nothing else can you find a moment to say a prayer for Lucky? His eye is on the sparrow, perhaps His eye can also be on the chicken.