Growth or Something on Foot

Tycine1

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15-20 minute foot bath in very warm water (hot but not burning to the inside of your wrist when submerged), then gently squeeze as if it were a blackhead; pushing ALL of the cheesy pus (chicken pus is much more solid than human pus) towards the surface and out. Repeat daily until you are successful or build enough courage to put a small cut into the skin (greatly speeding up the process, but hard on squeamish humans).
 

Tycine1

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It looks like she managed to open the pus pocket (on the bottom) and that wound has since scabbed over, but has now returned with a vengeance and is swelling on the top side; or she stepped on a thorn, and it broke off inside, the bottom wound healed, but there is infection due to the foreign object still being embedded. Both scenarios are plausible.
Is a vet an option? The 'surgery' is simple, quick, and very well tolerated by chickens; I truly believe that humans have more qualms about the whole affair than the chicken does.
 

Tycine1

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By softening up the scales and getting the pus out, what get rid of the infection?
Getting the hard cheesy 'plug' of pus that's inside will give you the best chance of healing her wound. Once you have the entire plug out of the wound, pack the wound with triple antibiotic ointment (vaseline type medicine available at your local pharmacy, over the counter), get the type without pain relief to avoid possible complications. Using sports-tape, this type of tape sticks to itself great, but doesn't stick to (and later tear) the skin, you can fashion a little bootie to keep the worst of the dirt, bedding, poop out of the wound long enough to form a protective scab.
 

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