I need some serious help here. Do those of you with waterfowl and chickens keep your pens far from one another? I am having an epidemic of bumblefoot and I'm trying to figure out what the heck is causing it. the only thing I can think of is that the duck run is right next to the chicken run, and the drainage is not great down there and therefore chicken runoff is on the ground. Could this cause bumblefoot??? I have had chickens for 4 years and ducks for almost 1 year and have NEVER had this problem, until the last month or so and now all of my females have at least one little scab on their feet, and most of them have bumbles to go with them. I just cut out the scabs on another duck whose were starting to get larger. I had one duck who I caught limping (first indication of a bumblefoot problem) and tried cutting out the infection and got out a pea sized chunk of yuck. It was still red and swollen a week later so I took her and another to the vet. She still has a swollen toe/bumble after 2 weeks of me cutting out some infection, and 1 week of being on Clavamox (she has another week to go on the antibiotics). I'm considering surgery via vet for her at this point if it doesn't look better by the end of the antibiotics course but that is me getting desperate for a solution. So far, the original (and worst) girl and another girl are on Clavamox for 1 more week. The remaining 4 girls are on Amoxacillin for 2 weeks. I am getting very discouraged with this whole thing and feel like a horrible duck mom . I clean out their coop once a week, and their coop is 8x8 with straw/shaving bedding. It's definitely poopy by the end of the week. Their run was gravel (which I discovered was sharp about a week or two ago) and I covered that with straw until I can get bark chips delivered. I'm at a loss as to what else to do. Should I break down the duck pen/run and move it to the upper end of our property away from the chickens? It'll be a big project but if it'll help solve my problem I'd definitely do it. The ground is softer up there as well. No gravel, just dirt and tree litter. Much better drainage too.