If I don't do anything about my hens' bumblefoot, will it hurt them?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wordgirl, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

    Apr 14, 2009
    Three ([​IMG]) of my six hens have bumblefoot on one or both feet - would it really hurt them if I did nothing? What actually happens if you let bumblefoot go?
  2. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    I think bumblefoot is an infection...if so...it could kill them I would think if left to worsen over time. I'd definately do something about it.
  3. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    Bumblefoot is an infection, if it not treated there is a very good chance it will get progressively worse, causing some extreme swelling and pain. I don't know if it could actually kill them, I am new to chickens, but still...who wants an infected chicken limping around on swollen, infected, painful feet? Type bumblefoot into the search box at the top of the page and you could probably find some pretty grusome and graphic pics of bumblefoot. I would not let one of my chickens suffer with that. There was a thread on here about a treatment that was good and didn't involve surgery if you did it soon enough. It was a medicine you got from a fish store, that you mixed up in distilled water. I can't remember the whole name but it started with "Neo"...something. You soaked the infected foot in it, then you could wrap it in vet wrap. You could try that.
  4. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
    Fix it. The above poster is right! Chickens, like most birds, hide any and all signs of pain and weakness, so their behavior just isn't very reliable to go on. They often won't show distress until they are ready to give up and die.
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    You definitely need to do a search for bumblefoot and treat accordingly, after you ascertain the diagnosis is correct.

    The next step would be to find the cause, obviously something in the cleaning department needs to be adjusted!

    Good luck, you have quite a job there! It MUST be attended to, it causes pain.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    There is a good thread by "ruth" on bumblefoot surgery. You may want to peruse that one. You need to try to do something about it, yes. As far as cleaning, honestly, if you have rocky, thorny soil, you'll have bumblefoot in your flock at one time or another. You can sand the roosts smooth and oil them and have deep shavings to cushion their landings, but if they run around in rocky soil, they can get abrasions that lead to bumblefoot. I know from experience living on a mountain full of sharp sandstone ledges and cowvine.
  7. marcym

    marcym Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2009
    I followed Ruth's directions and my first case of bumblefoot taken care of in no time. Chicken hardly noticed, but sure walks better these days.
  8. TerriL

    TerriL Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2009
    Holden, Missouri
    I went through this reciently and my Roo was in pain, could not walk and his toe was hugh. I tried the Neo?????? soak but the toe just got bigger, maybe it was too far gone I dont know but I gave that up. Ruth gave me lots of advise and I finally did surgery. It wasnt fun but it was either that or I would have to put him down. He is doing pretty good now, at least he can walk around and peck and act like a Rooster. Do something, it is painful and the longer you wait the less likely you will be successful. Good Luck! Terri
  9. luzmiila

    luzmiila Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2015
    This is the foot of my hen :

    what do you think ??? Is bumblefoot?
  10. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2015

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