Is there hope for my chicken? What to do now??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ThelmaOrLouise, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. ThelmaOrLouise

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    My chicken has bumble foot. I opened it up and got the kernel out last Friday. The wound looked great. But then on day 4 something changed. There was no drainage but a lot of swelling. The swelling went up the leg and the skin appeared shiny. I opened the foot back up on day 5 expecting a lot of pus to come out but none did. On day 6 I started PCN and gave day 4's dose yesterday. It looks like there is some trapped infection in the top of the foot but I am scared to open it back up. The swelling has gone down a good bit. These pictures were both taken on day 3 of antibiotics. I'm not sure how to proceed. There is a vet in the area that said he would see her and do xrays. But I'm not sure the cost of all that. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you

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  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    You can try 10-20 minute soak of warm Epsom's salt twice daily for 7 days. After the soak apply diluted iodine to lesion. Some people will add iodine to the Epsom's soak solution and seem pleased with the results. Some folks use diluted Nolvasan, and in certain cases diluted Chlorox solution can control infection. And if the hen will tolerate a loose bandage, keep the foot bandaged for 3 days to help soften the area and draw out an infection. Make sure the foot is dry before bandaging. Often OTC antibiotics will not work because the bacteria is not susceptible to it, and the body has walled off the infection as nature intended. Once you open bumblefoot for drainage, make sure the area the chicken is living in is clean.

    As a side note this is the very reason I rarely cut open bumblefoot. Unless the chicken is kept in very, very clean conditions the open wound will develop a secondary infection much worse than the original issue. Normally, I try to help nature in her process by soaking the foot to encourage the expulsion of the foreign body. In severe cases where the infection has become systemic I will use an antibiotic-usually Baytril injectable. Always be careful when using any antibiotic in chickens as it will interfere with the natural population of bacteria in the chicken's crop and can result in crop stasis or sour crop.

    I hope this helps.
     
  3. ThelmaOrLouise

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    How will I know if something is wrong with her crop?
     
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Either she will regurgitate her food or her crop will appear to be swollen, and when palpated will feel rather gassy. She may have bad breath and diarrhea. I like to use a product called Benebact normally used for avian patients for chickens with sour crop.
     

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