Hey my hen has a small growth on her foot...bumble? Help please.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by blondiebee181, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was checking my girls out today, as I routinely do....it's been pretty cold here in boise at night, about a 10F average. I wanted to make sure they didn't have any frostbite spots (which I also have a question about) I found this on my Daisy's (a Leghorn) foot:

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    Here's what appears to be a hard, dark lump on the bottom of her foot. I have seen some pics of bumblefoot...is it? Any advice on how I should treat it?

    Here is a couple pics I took of Petrie and Ginger (a Barred Rock and an RIR) of their combs/wattles and I just wanted to make sure if it's mild frostbite, there's something I can do to help.

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    They are a little hard to see, but on her wattles (which are also pretty dry) there are little brownish cracks along the edges...
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    See the dark reddish-brown spot on the tip of her middle comb?
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    sorry it's super hard to see but she has the little brown dry spots too
    They just look chapped and cracked. Maybe they are getting their wattles wet and if the water doesn't dry, maybe it's freezing. I hear vaseline is a good moisturizer and keeps the wattles from getting wet. Any advice is much appreciated in both scenarios, this is our first winter. Thanks all!
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Its different looking but I think that's a bumble foot scab.
    And those spots on the comb look like scratches or were he was pecked.
    Just put Vaseline on any frostbite.
     
  3. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mkay, I will probs get Vaseline at the store today, do I need to cut this scab out and wrap her foot?
     
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    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will try to get antibiotic ointment and a little vet wrap just in case, anything else I should get for her foot?
     
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    Epsome salt for saoking her feet in.
     
  6. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, they are all a-bed right now (I vaselined all the combs and wattles) I open in the morning, but when I get off work at 3 I will try to soak it...does anyone know if I should cut the "scab" out first and then wrap it? Or just try cleaning it and wrapping it and waiting?
     
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    Soak it, clean it, and then you can pick at it and try to pull it off.
     
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    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else have an idea, I'm pretty concerned about it...I don't want it to get worse
     
  9. Eggcessive

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    Just read up a bit on bumblefoot--it's a staph infection of the foot usually caused by stepping or jumping down on hard surfaces or rocks. Usually they need to be lanced and the cheesy core inside needs to be removed. Some recommend soaking them in epsom salts if they are not too advanced.
     
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    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have looked at some threads...what's wierd is that her foot isn't swollen like the others...but does that mean it just isn't as advanced?
     

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