Is this a healthy scab? Bumblefoot infection

darlingdarla

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So about a week and a half ago, right after I got home from vacation I found a giant infection in my hens foot. I removed it but most of her foot is taken up by scab now.
I don't think it still looks infected, but she is still limping and like I said, it's been over a week since I removed the plug.
I have been changing her bandage regularly and treating it with triple antibiotic ointment without pain relief.
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When you removed the scab was there pus underneath? That's quite a large area, I would give her daily soaks in either an epsom salts bath or diluted Chlorhexidine. Dry well, apply triple antibiotic ointment and re-wrap.
 

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When you removed the scab was there pus underneath? That's quite a large area, I would give her daily soaks in either an epsom salts bath or diluted Chlorhexidine. Dry well, apply triple antibiotic ointment and re-wrap.
It was a huge infection, there was little pus but a large waxy plug underneath the black scab. I wish I'd gotten a picture of the original scab, I've dealt with bumble foot before but never an infection of this size.
This hen is the girl discussed in this thread
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/two-month-long-respiratory-illness-need-advice.1299669/
She is still having trouble breathing, hasn't gotten better or worse but I'm still keeping handling to a minimum so I'd rather not soak her daily.
 

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It was a huge infection, there was little pus but a large waxy plug underneath the black scab. I wish I'd gotten a picture of the original scab, I've dealt with bumble foot before but never an infection of this size.
This hen is the girl discussed in this thread
https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/two-month-long-respiratory-illness-need-advice.1299669/
She is still having trouble breathing, hasn't gotten better or worse but I'm still keeping handling to a minimum so I'd rather not soak her daily.
Does her abdomen feel bloated or fluid filled?
I glanced back at the other thread, she is still not laying eggs? I would take a guess that the trouble breathing may have something to do with a reproductive disorder but it's hard to know. If there's fluid in the abdomen, sometimes that can be drained to make them more comfortable.
 

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Does her abdomen feel bloated or fluid filled?
I glanced back at the other thread, she is still not laying eggs? I would take a guess that the trouble breathing may have something to do with a reproductive disorder but it's hard to know. If there's fluid in the abdomen, sometimes that can be drained to make them more comfortable.
No abdominal fluid, I believe it is a reproductive issue, no eggs (got one two months ago). I pretty much understand her condition, the thing I really need to figure out is the scab.
I'm leaving town this Saturday for two weeks, I have a pet sitter but she can't change the bandage, so I don't super know what to do. I've left scabs wrapped while I'm away before, but this was such a big infection I don't know if that would work.
 

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No abdominal fluid, I believe it is a reproductive issue, no eggs (got one two months ago). I pretty much understand her condition, the thing I really need to figure out is the scab.
I'm leaving town this Saturday for two weeks, I have a pet sitter but she can't change the bandage, so I don't super know what to do. I've left scabs wrapped while I'm away before, but this was such a big infection I don't know if that would work.
I would be worried about leaving that wrapped while away and no one checking on it daily.
 

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