Growth on hen's foot, help. Photos included.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gardenfinds, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. gardenfinds

    gardenfinds Out Of The Brooder

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    Noticed my two year old hen having trouble walking and observed this growth between her toes. Does anyone have any idea what this is and what I can do about it? Can't imagine her getting injured as pen/coop is safe. We've had a lot of ice/cold here but I don't think it's caused by frostbite. A vet would be costly. Please help!

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  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    this looks like a Staph infection often called Bumblefoot... use the search function and type in bumblefoot ... there are a lot of postings on it.
     
  3. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
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    agree...
    it's a "form" of Bumblefoot...just not on the sole of the foot.
    she could have got a small cut or sticker, that became infected..

    you can try making a paste of sugar and betadine..apply to injury, and bandage, check daily...
    sometimes this helps to draw the infection out.

    (tho that infection/abcess looks pretty bad)

    it might need to be cleaned with saline and betadine tea, lanced, more betadine tea, and/or triple antibiotic ointment, bandaged, changed daily..
    also, a good systemic antibiotic is a good idea.

    your search might give you more info.
     
  4. gardenfinds

    gardenfinds Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the feedback and solutions. I'll research bumblefoot.
     
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you very much for this post.

    Hen Annie came to me in July with a similar lump, though less angry looking and just a bit more along the side of the toe than exactly in between the toes. It hasn't changed appreciably (at least as far as I can tell) in these months and doesn't seem to phase her (so I had been wondering if maybe it was just something she was born with) but it is very helpful to learn that it could be staph and that maybe I can try treating topically first....I was not aware of the sugar/betadine paste method......She is such a wonderful brat that I don't think she'll endure bandaging though! Can't quite imagine how to do that. I wonder if the triple antibiotic ointment would absorb into it and help without lancing?

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  6. sammi

    sammi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2007
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    just my personal preference, but I'd prefer to clean the area with betadine.
    try some of that stretchy self stick bandage.
    it must be kept clean.

    If there isn't a large abcess, I would try the sugar betadine poultice..at least for a couple days anyway.
    she still might need a systemic antibiotic suitable for treating staph.
     

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