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Growing A Toe?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by goddesses, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. goddesses

    goddesses Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a wyandott hen that looks and acts perfectly fine except she has what looks like a 4th toe emerging! She is 18 months old and her foot has a small lump with a pink bulge. The pink portion looks like good skin as opposed to a nasty infection. I cant get close enough to get a picture, sorry.

    Mother Goddess
    2 dogs, a cat, 6 wyandotts and 3 amaurcanas
     
  2. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    Use the search button above and type in "bumble foot"
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Or possibly a spur bud. Where is the "lump"? And most chickens are supposed to have 4 toes, does she not? (There are no three-toed chickens that I have ever heard of, except when toes are lost due to injury)
     
  4. goddesses

    goddesses Out Of The Brooder

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    4 toes, right! It does look like a bud, but it is at the front/top of the foot between two toes. Now what? Happy Thanksgiving.

    Mother GOddess
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    In that case, I agree that it could be an odd presentation of bumblefoot.
     
  6. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Of course, pictures would help a lot!
     
  7. goddesses

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    I did read about bumblefoot - Does a chicken die from the condition or is does she become incapacitated and vulnerable to predators.

    Hope everyone had a great Turkey Day!
     
  8. ChickBond 007

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    Bumblefoot is actually staph infection. Like any infection, it can spread, become septic, cause other problems. It is not difficult to treat. The 'bumble' bump will have a 'cap' or top to it that must be soaked in epsom salt, removed, cleaned and then watched for healing or further problems. (Unlike people, chickens and ducks do not like to have their feet soaked in warm water.)
     
  9. goddesses

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    I will try to get a photo this weekend.

    I read the links you suggested and one said that 1cc of penicillin, in the thigh, daily will do the trick - no surgery. I am not one to cut into anything, so If it is bumblefoot, that would be my first course of action.

    Thanks
     
  10. Atlchick

    Atlchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering ... why the injection in the thigh? My vet recommends all injections next to breastbone; alternating sides - alternating days. Would this be specific for bumblefoot?
     
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