Is it always bumblefoot?

Sjisty

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May 18, 2009
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I periodically check my chickens' feet. Sometimes I see a black scab. My question is, is it always bumblefoot, or could it just be a callous? Whenever I remove one, sometimes there's a "bumble" and sometimes not. I'm wondering if I'm causing unnecessary stress for my girls by removing what might just be a natural callous.
 

dawg53

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Nov 27, 2008
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I've had the same thing happen. I go digging and find nothing but blood and stressing the poor chicken. I wont do minor surgery anymore unless they are limping, the footpad is reddish and/or swollen. I've noticed that the scabs disappear on their own sometimes.
 

edselpdx

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I thought I was going to have to do surgery on one last summer, but had my own surgery the next day. When I recovered, I checked her foot and the black scab was gone, and she's been fine....
 

Anianna

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There is a non-surgical way to treat bumblefoot. You can soak the affected foot in Tricide-Neo powder, labeled for fish, 5 minutes a day for about a week or so to treat the sores. Use nitrile or latex gloves so you don't get any on yourself. See this thread for more info.
 

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