I think my 19 week old cochin has bumblefoot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CESOrtega, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. CESOrtega

    CESOrtega Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We noticed yesterday that our 19 week old cochin pullet was limping. My DH held her while I gently manipulated her leg joints for any signs of discomfort but she didn't show any. So we checked the pads of her feet. The foot on the leg she is favoring has a small hard brown place on it, which I could not remove with a damp cloth. At the time I didn't know about bumblefoot but I have done some reading and I believe it is very possible that this is what she has, although a very early stage.

    So, what I am going to do is soak her feet in epsom salts until the hard part loosens up enough that I can get it off, possibly using a knife blade if needed. Then I will pack antibiotic in it and wrap it. I'll keep her isolated in a kitty carrier while she is compromised. Would this be the best course of treatment?

    Also, one book I read only referrenced bumblefoot in young cockerals. Why would a pullet not be just as suceptible? We are still concerned that this "pullet" might turn out to be a boy so that has me concerned.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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  3. CESOrtega

    CESOrtega Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for that link, it helps a lot!

    Yeah, I thought it would be strange for an injury that starts out as broken skin on the foot being something only boys get, but it only referenced cockerals getting it. [​IMG]

    I have her isolated until I can do the procedure on her. I did soak it this morning and she loved the warm water. It loosened up the hard spot a bit, but not enough for me to get it off. I need to get my supplies before taking it on full scale. But, I am giving her some water with aspirin in it for pain. I noticed she has skinned her leg on the first joint from compensating with it. I defintely don't want any more complications so I'm making sure she has a soft place to stay.
     

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