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Help! Early signs of bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Amykins, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

    May 11, 2013
    When I got Wobbles and Bean bak last week, I noticed he's got some little dark scabs on his webs. Seems like a classic case of bumblefoot, but there's no itching, swelling or signs of irritation. It's a bit odd.

    Is this just what bumblefoot looks like in its beginning phases, or is there something else that's bothering my poor sweet featherpuppies? Either way, I'm upset at the lady who took them in. I paid her $150 a month to cover supplies and vet costs, but she never even took a glance at them this entire time to check their health!

    Oh, also, Wobs' bill is a bit soft. Does he need calcium, niacin or something else? I don't quite remember. :/



  2. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

    May 11, 2013
    Anyone...? We're going to the vet Tuesday in order to get then microchipped anyway, and told them about their poor feet. I was just really really hoping one of you out there could give me a few things to soothe him in the meantime. He's a duck, those feetsies are all he has!
  3. Kroelies

    Kroelies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2015
    Could it be callus?
  4. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    Awww, love the Wobs!

    Looks like little splits that scabbed over... may or may not have a bit of hard infection chunks under the scabs... soak his feet in warm epsom salt water and pick off the scabs while they're soft... apply clear iodine when done, and a bandage if they bleed a bit... if there's any whitish or yellowish hard pieces under the scabs, pull them out too... you can do the foot soaks each day for a few days if necessary, but they don't look too bad, really...
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    They may be mostly abrasions at this point - I'd do what RavynFallen suggests.

    I might consider crushing up some good quality cat kibble and adding that to their food for a couple of weeks, see if the extra protein helps - this is a bit of a guess on my part - thinking the material in the bill may be similar to our fingernails, and those are supposed to get stronger with sufficient protein.

    Cannot tell you how happy I am that Wobs and Bean are back! And that YOU are back! [​IMG]
  6. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

    May 11, 2013
    I'll try the cat kibble, thank you! They didn't have these issues before they went to that ranch :/ I need to pamper my babies back to good health and trustworthiness!

    I've been giving them epsom salt foot baths, but they both try to drink it ><;; I have not tried to take the scabs off. I'm waiting until I recover a bit more, even sitting up in bed is still a bit difficult.

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