Is this bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by saxonyduck, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. saxonyduck

    saxonyduck Out Of The Brooder

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    So in the past few days we noticed this:

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    and this:

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    on our 1 1/2 year old Saxony drake Elvis's right foot.

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    He's still totally happy, not limping, doesn't flinch when we push on it. The only thing I can think of is bumblefoot - but it's sort of on the side and not really weight bearing. I was hoping for the most rapidly growing wart in history though!

    I think there's an avian vet somewhere nearby.....I don't know if I can lance it myself. He's not that cooperative!

    Thank you!
     
  2. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    I am no expert and please don't take my advice as the only advice but I think it is. My drake had a big area on his foot and he was happy too. I soaked it, lanced it and cleaned it with neospirin (no pain med added) for days. He is great now. I ended up wrapping him a towel to hold him.

    Please though get some more opinions.
     
  3. DuckFanatic

    DuckFanatic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow I feel really stupid posting this but...... I might just be delusional but I think it might be a dried peice of poo on his foot? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    .... I can't really see the pictures that well.... have you tried kinda pulling it off?.......
     
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  4. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't look like bumblefoot. Just looks like something stuck on his foot. Try soaking/pulling it to see if it's really attached?
     
  5. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    Well I certainly hope they are right and that is all it is!
     
  6. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Babette Duck had something like that on her foot, she got it from a goathead sticker that broke off in her foot and festered. It swelled and looked like something stuck there and when I soaked it and squeezed it the broken off thorn from the goathead came out with the puss.
     
  7. saxonyduck

    saxonyduck Out Of The Brooder

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    I wish it was just stuck poop! It's actually part of him - stretches when I pull on it! [​IMG]

    What I can't figure out is the texture. It's like his regular foot skin but thick with the regular duck foot skin scales on it. Feels like a thick wart. Not at all squishy as I imagine something full of pus would be like.

    Just called an avian vet around here and it's $61 just for the appointment....not counting how much it would cost to do any procedure. I love my duck - but I'm not particularly pleased by Silicon Valley pricing.

    For those of you who did do surgery - did you use a scalpel? And how did you convince your duck to soak his/her foot? Make a kiddie bath of warm water?

    Thank you so much!
     
  8. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    If it isn't causing pain, which would show by limping, please don't cut the duck's foot without a vet's diagnosis. At this time it's pure conjecture about what it is and would cause unnecessary pain and suffering on the duck's part. As human's we are curious, but sometimes we just need to let it be.
     
  9. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Quote:While I agree with the sentiment, not all of us use vets and have to make our own diagnosis based on the information at hand. I don't know if Saxonyduck has enough information or not, but I know I would be asking the same sort of questions if I saw something like that on my duck so if I had to do it, I would know how.
     
  10. saxonyduck

    saxonyduck Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't worry WriterofWords - I definitely won't rush headfirst into causing more damage on his foot. I'm an MD (but human variety) so I'm a bit phobic about introducing bacteria/etc into his bloodstream considering the amount of poop he's constantly stepping in!

    I think at this point I'll just keep watching it every day and see if the size or texture changes. He doesn't even notice when I squeeze and prod it.....but I don't think ducks have that many nerve endings in their feet. Do they?
     

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