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Is this bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wild chick, May 27, 2017.

  1. wild chick

    wild chick Songster

    Jul 23, 2016
    This gal was fine the night before, and the next morning (the 25th) couldn't bear weight on this foot. One toe swollen, at first I thought maybe she broke the toe, but after reading here, maybe bumblefoot? She is 11 months old, they free-range all day, coop at night, no nasty environments. She is lowest on the pecking order with the hens, but is the roosters favorite, so I've put her alone in an adjoining pen to the coop. Do I wait for this to bust open like an abscess or lance it? Those "cores" look like normal pad callus to me, and the swelling seems softest (i.e. where an abscess might burst) on the TOP of the toe, not the bottom. This is now a bit over 48 hours and no change. Suggestions please, I'm still in my first year of chicken experience. Thanks in advance! P1150002.JPG

  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Must hatch more Premium Member Project Manager

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
  3. wild chick

    wild chick Songster

    Jul 23, 2016
    Thank you both for the links. So even though the swelling looks like it would like to explode from the top, one always opens the scabby dot on the bottom of the toe? Thanks again.
  4. coach723

    coach723 Songster

    Feb 12, 2015
    North Florida
    Yes. Where the scab/lesion is, is where the infection got in and started. Swelling may be large around the area. Once you remove all the infection, the swelling should go down. Important to make sure you get it all removed.
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  5. wildknives

    wildknives Chirping

    Jul 17, 2013
    I had my first case of bumblefoot on my fav Roo. I was so new that it got away from me (the infection). Soaking it in epsom salts and warm (infant warm) water for 20 mins loosened up the bumbles so they just came off as I rubbed my thumb over it. My problem was he had so much damage in the one foot that I had to put him down. Oh soak every other day, but treat it every day with antibiotics.
  6. wild chick

    wild chick Songster

    Jul 23, 2016
    Thanks for your comment Wildknives. I'm appreciating all I'm learning in this first year of chicken raising through all the good folks here at BYC. Doing the soaking/wrapping for a few days and then "surgery" if need be.
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