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Is it Bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ambii, May 21, 2008.

  1. Ambii

    Ambii Hatching

    May 21, 2008
    Hey everyone. Recently a few of chickens in my flock have started getting odd bumps in between their toes. I just went outside and found one of my chickens flat on the ground, not willing to walk on her infected foot. I've taken her inside my house and am giving her lots of love until we can find a solution [​IMG]

    A few questions:
    Is it Bumblefoot?
    - If so, what is bumblefoot?
    - Is it contagious?
    - What can I do to treat it?

    Thanks everyone for all your help [​IMG] Pics are posted below


  2. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    I am not sure if it is bumblefoot but I would soak it in warm water and see if you get it open and cleaned out. If that does not work, I would cut it open and drain it. Clean the area well and put antibiotic ointment on it, wrap it and give her antibiotics until it has completely healed. Look below on the pot about bumblefoot in this forum there is some good info there.

    here it is:

    Last edited: May 22, 2008
  3. Azure

    Azure In the Brooder

    May 4, 2008
    I have never seen bumblefoot like that. Usually its underneath the foot on the surface they walk on, caused by coming off a too high perch onto rough or hard ground or sometimes there is a small black scab or sign where a cut has got infected and hence welled up. This looks more like a boil or a cyst?
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    bumbles are under the foot and black

    that looks like a cyst
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    As you are saying several of your chickens are getting these, I would take that one pictured to a vet and get it checked...then you would know what it is, possibly what is causing it, treatment, contagious level and etc.
  6. cocianna

    cocianna In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2007
    Yes, that is bumblefoot. My Delaware chicken had the same thing in the same place. I took her to my "chicken vet" (specializes in birds & exoctic animals) and she opened it up, got most of the gunk out and put her on antibiotics for about 10 days. We did a culture & it just needed a broad spectrum antibiotic. But don't delay, she told me it was important to get right at it. I had to keep her in the house & very clean till the opening healed from the inside out, but now she is with the other girls & doing fine. Good luck....[​IMG]
  7. McEgg

    McEgg In the Brooder

    Aug 27, 2007
    Guthrie, Ok
    I have a hen with bumblefoot right now. I noticed she was limping and looked it was the size of a golf ball, on the bottom with a black scab. I called EVERY vet in town and NONE of them would see a chicken. This is Oklahoma folks, NOT NYC!!
    I guess the vet can't justify charging a fortune for a chicken that needs a antibiotic you can get at the feed store. Bet of she was a parrot, they would have seen her.
    Amazing how many people think that just because she cost a few dollars that they are expendable. Had to take her out of town to get seen.

    He put her on antibiotics for 10 days. She is isolated and the medicine is a powder added to her water. You CAN'T eat her eggs until she is off the meds.

    Over night it shrunk to half it's size and is almost gone in 3 days.

    Good Luck!!!!

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