Help, Pus filled swollen toe! Looks infected

LizzyWhimsy

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Nov 6, 2016
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Hi everyone, my rooster has a very badly swollen toe and we're not sure if it's bumblefoot or if it's broken. Here are some pictures (we soaked his foot in epsom salt and water with a little tea tree oil, we did pull off a scab on his other toe and have put ointments and have wrapped it but we don't think that's the cause of the puss and swelling in his toe) He's in a lot of pain and I was hoping someone could give us advice. We've been doing so much research but are incredibly confused and don't want to do anything drastic, like major surgery, unless we get some solid advice.

some background info: He's a very big rooster, he is completely free ranged with his girls, he likes to jump up and down on our porch banisters (which is why we worry about broken toes), His diet consists of pellets, seeds, some table scraps (like rice, vegetables, protein, etc. we keep it as healthy as we can) whatever he finds in the ground on his daily adventures, and the occasional frog or mouse, he's very well taken care of and all around a very happy rooster, but this has slowed him down. He's eating and drinking, he's very vocal, and he's running around the best he can (just with a limp). He's in pain, though, I can tell.

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Eggcessive

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He look to have some bumble foot scabs on his toes and footpad, and that may have caused some infection. Staphylococcus, E. coli, and mycoplasma synovia (MS) are common. MS usually causes swelling in the ankle and leg joints. An injury could also be a problem. I would continue the Epsom salts soaks, but an antibiotic may be necessary. Do you have any amoxicillin, clavamox, or cephalexin until you can get something from your vet? Feed stores still sell refrigerated Procaine Penicillin G and 20 gauge needles with syringes if you ask for them. That would work as well. Dosage is ) 0.25 ml (1/4 ml) given into the breast muscle daily for 4-5 days. Use a different side daily. Here is some reading:
http://www.merckvetmanual.com/poult...stem/infectious-skeletal-disorders-in-poultry
 

LizzyWhimsy

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Nov 6, 2016
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He look to have some bumble foot scabs on his toes and footpad, and that may have caused some infection. Staphylococcus, E. coli, and mycoplasma synovia (MS) are common. MS usually causes swelling in the ankle and leg joints. An injury could also be a problem. I would continue the Epsom salts soaks, but an antibiotic may be necessary. Do you have any amoxicillin, clavamox, or cephalexin until you can get something from your vet? Feed stores still sell refrigerated Procaine Penicillin G and 20 gauge needles with syringes if you ask for them. That would work as well. Dosage is ) 0.25 ml (1/4 ml) given into the breast muscle daily for 4-5 days. Use a different side daily. Here is some reading:
http://www.merckvetmanual.com/poult...stem/infectious-skeletal-disorders-in-poultry
Thanks for the tip. We were able to find penicillin g at a feed store. We injected him today after we soaked and redressed his foot. We will see if it works!
 

LizzyWhimsy

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Nov 6, 2016
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Please let us know how he gets along.
It's been awhile but he's doing better. The toe was most likely broken but it's fine now, however, he has a giant scab on that foot now that I just noticed... I've gotten my guts up with treating bumblefoot and have been doing it so I'm sure I'll be able to fix whatever he's got going on. I gave him penicillin during his last treatments, and that appeared to help.
 

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