Infections?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FreeChicken!, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. FreeChicken!

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    First, my Rhode Island Red rooster, Squeak, has swollen feet. The areas between his toes are getting very swollen, while all my other chickens have slender, healthy-looking feet. Other than the swelling, Squeak's feet look fine: normal coloring, no sores or wounds. Is this bumblefoot?
    Here's a picture. Ignore the missing claws and things. Old injuries from back when we had tons of roosters and a drafty coop.
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    Here's the bottoms of his feet. They're kinda dirty because he was walking through mud all day.
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    And then today I discovered that my Buff Orpington hen, Biscuit, has tattered and broken feathers around her front. And in the area between her legs and up closer to the tattered feathers, her skin is red and somewhat flaky. What caused this? The chickens have been in the coop for days now, so I thought maybe it could be from just lying around in somewhat dirty bedding for a while (I haven't cleaned the coop for over a week, but I plan to very soon), but I don't think any of my other hens have it. Simone, a Rhode Island Red, might because she always has problems like this. But I haven't checked her yet because she was having a dust bath under the coop, the one place I can't reach her.
    But anyways. I'm starting to ramble. Can anyone help? :)
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012
  2. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a picture of his feet?
    it could be bumblefoot
     
  3. FreeChicken!

    FreeChicken! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure, I'll have a picture up as soon I can get one.
     
  4. FreeChicken!

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    There we go.
     
  5. GoldenSparrow

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  6. FreeChicken!

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    Oh dear... Squeak has a big scab on the bottom of each foot. I've never had a chicken with bumblefoot before. Is surgery the only option?
     
  7. FreeChicken!

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    Oh, and what causes bumblefoot?
     
  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Bumblefoot is a staph infection, usually started by a scratch or wound to the foot.

    Cleaning it out (surgery) is the most common option, I think. There is another non sugical option. Try searching for it. I believe the thread was started by arizonanessa.

    I am not at home right now so I do not have access to my saved links. I will post it this afternoon, if you or someone else hasn't posted it.

    Good luck

    Imp
     
  9. GoldenSparrow

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  10. FreeChicken!

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    Thanks, Imp. That will be very helpful.

    Sure, I'll go take a picture and have it up in a bit.
    I'm getting really nervous now...
     

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