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Help me with Bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Riocotesei, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Songster

    Aug 15, 2008
    Hello guys!
    I have a friend that has a rooster that got bumblefoot and I told him I'd find out what to do for his roo.
    Can anyone give me a run down on how to cure it, or a link?
    I know some basic stuff like what causes it and all, but I don't know what to do for treatment.
    Thanks [​IMG]
  2. tim_TX

    tim_TX Songster

    Jun 4, 2008
    Antibiotics, and quickly. I've lost a rooster to this before and he was gone in less than 3 days.

    Here is a good article regarding the condition and treatment.


    last but not least, the credits go to firststatevetsupply.com and the Author, Peter Brown, as requested on the page that this link references.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2009
  3. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Songster

    Aug 15, 2008
    Thanks guys!
    With home of those medicines he may not know what they are.
    I thought it was a more simple process than that.
    If anyone has some more input, its appretiated [​IMG]
    thanks again!
  4. henlady

    henlady In the Brooder

    Nov 30, 2007
    New Hampshire
    It's sooo important to treat early. My ordeal proves that! If treated early - getting the scabs off and soaking/medicating and wrapping will do the trick in about a week. My birds was exceptionally stubborn about not being held so my treatment was brief and unsuccessful. After a while she endured the foot soaks but it was too late. The pus hardened and no amount of poulticing or soaking worked. I tried oral antibiotics too. But 2 weeks ago I took her to the vet for surgery. (my birds are pets above all else) So he put her under gas anesthesia, opened her foot pad and took a huge chunk out - which he saved to show me. She's as good as new now. I'm still wrapping just to be sure the sutures dissolved and the incision is closed. I know it's a long explanation but basically if you can catch the infection before it takes over the whole foot - it's easily treatable and surgery can be avoided. Good luck!
  5. luvarabhorses

    luvarabhorses Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Hector, Ar
    If the plug isn't too big you can remove it and flush well with sterile saline solution. To make the saline solution put about a half cup of salt in two cups of water and boil. Put solution in empty dishdetergent bottle. Then spray the area well with furacin (yellow horse wound spray) and top with wound dust powder which contains iodine in a charcoal dust powder and helps dry up the area. It can get away from you quickly and spread up the leg where it is really difficult to cure.
  6. Last summer I noticed that one of my girls had a huge swollen lump on the top of her foot. After looking closer, I realized it was an advanced case of bumblefoot.

    Anyway, I panicked and knew she was going to die. I also decided that I didn't want to treat using oral or injected antibiotics - I know what they do for my digestive system and we avoided them while raising our children.

    I soaked her feet using Grapefruit Seed Extract oil diluted with water (this is a wonderful thing to have in your medicine cabinet - it kicks infections!), removed the plug and lanced the huge abscess. I removed as much of the 'cheese' as I could and then repacked the area with plain antibiotic ointment. I wrapped it with cling bandage and then did the other foot. At first I kept her inside for a couple of days but she looked so lonely I put her back outside.

    At first 2-3 times a week, then every Sunday night, we would repeat the procedure, unwrap the wound, soak in GSE water, remove 'cheese', repack with ointment and bandage. At one point, her leg swelled up a bit and I knew I was going to loose her to a worse infection but I didn't change treatment and the swelling was gone by the next time I changed bandages.

    She never acted like it bothered her. She would quietly cluck at us as we cleaned her up. For a while I could tell which hen it was because I would recognize the cluck. Now, she just blends in with the others. It took a couple of months but the wounds all healed nicely.

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