huge painful lump on foot - please help!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by technodoll, May 19, 2010.

  1. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My poor sweet silkie hen Blossom has been limping for 4 days now.

    I'M SO STUPID - I though she had injured her leg since she started limping from one day to the next, so I never thought to look under her foot until tonight [​IMG]

    She has a huge, hard lump on the pad of her foot that seems quite painful:

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    What on earth could this be? Did she step on something? Did she get stung?

    The lump feels hard and full, not squishy.

    It does not smell or seep any fluids.

    It is only on one foot and happened quite suddenly.

    What should I do? She can't walk and can't roost - please help!

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  2. slightlyscrambled

    slightlyscrambled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bumble foot, you can do a search and get some really good info
     
  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    wow, if you have access to a vet for consulting I would ask the vet. If not I believe I would sterilize the area and then lance it and soak it and then put some clean gauze on it and keep her in a cage to keep it clean and keep a very close eye on it. Sorry, that was a very long sentence. LOL
    Check out the above poster's suggestion first!
     
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  4. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

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    That would be bumblefoot...
     
  5. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a prime example of bumblefoot it is curable will just take some time
     
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  7. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK thanks - yep did some research and it looks exactly like bumblefoot [​IMG]

    There isn't a single vet within hundreds of miles who will operate on (or even see) a chicken - how do I fix this, at home?

    I don,t want the infection to spread!

    Help!

    (and... thank you...)
     
  8. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

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    Here's a video for the treatment...

     
  9. verlaj

    verlaj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check this out:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=303829

    I discovered this morning that one of my hens has bumblefoot. Found the above link this a.m. - ordered Tricide Neo today from <ponddoc.com>/

    In the meantime, I soaked the foot for 10-15 minutes in warm Epsom salt solution (made the solution in the bottom of our laundry room tub, about 1 inch deep, put the hen in and a grate on top of the tub), then drained the tub and repeated soaking, but in a chlorhexidine solution for the second soak. Kept her separated from the other chickens today. The foot looks a lot better now. Repeating the soaks twice daily at least until the Tricide Neo arrives.

    Good luck!
     
  10. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:But she doesn't treat the bumblefoot: aren't you supposed to drain the abscess of pus and then have the hen on antibiotics? Do they need stitches? How do you cut the thing open without causing them any pain?

    I leave for vacation in 3 days and hubby is not capable of doing any medical work on the chickens -

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