Is this bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MaggieRae, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
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    Does this look like bumblefoot to y'all? I would have posted on the surgery thread but I need to get to Dallas pretty soon and I can take her with me if I need to, but it would be difficult. Could she last until Friday if it is? Or does she require immediate surgery? Is there another way to get rid of it?
    Thanks!
     
  2. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Lititz
    Hi! Yes, it is bumblefoot, not serious, can wait. When you do decide to take care of it, you must take all of the "core" out, or it will just come back. There is an awesome thread on here about bumblefoot. If you do search, you'll be able to find it.
    BTW, one of my girls had it the year before last. She had it all summer and fall. I just could not get rid of it. It finally went away over the winter. She's fine now. She had a pretty bad case of it, though. I think she got her foot caught somewhere, 'cause she had it in 2 different places on the same foot. One of the places was on the outside of her foot, and the other was on the bottom . I had a dickens of a time [​IMG]

    Jen
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Jennh is correct, it's bumblefoot. You might not have to perform the minor surgery if it's not swollen (doesnt look like it in the pic, but only you would know for sure.) Also, if she's not limping or showing signs of distress with it...I wouldnt worry about it. Just watch for swelling and limping. Sometimes they go away on their own and there's no need to do anything. If she limps or her footpad swells...time for surgery.
     
  4. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Lititz
    MaggieRae, FYI, bumblefoot is a staph infection. It can be from a scrape, a splinter, etc. It's everywhere where the chickens are. Chickens encapsulate their infections, that's where the hard core comes from. Sometimes if it's really bad, it can get into their bones, but you don't have to worry about that. At least not yet [​IMG]

    Also, it's not limited to their feet. Another one of my hens somehow got her head caught in a fence, and tore her flesh away from her head near her eye. I treated it immediately, but it turned into bumblefoot. I was able to "pull the plug" and then it healed on it's own.

    Jen
     
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  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    That would have been bumble head.
     
  6. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    I feel like I have bumble head most of the time these days. [​IMG]
     
  7. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=4205959

    Check out this thread...Tri-neo worked for me and your bird's foot looks alot like mine did. The biggest downside to non-invasive surgery like this is that it took almost 2 months to get rid of totally. I still have one bird who I have not had a chance to treat yet.

    On the upside, that particular bird (who's on the waiting list) has been in the same condition for months and it has not gotten worse. She walks fine, always has a healthy appitite and drinks like usual. Her foot has not swollen and she's perfectly active. But I do suggest doing whatever you have to do before her foot swells up. That makes in alot more difficult.
     
  8. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Lititz
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    Jen
     
  9. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    Thanks y'all! I decided to leave her up there and if I have to I can go get her one of these afternoons. She is limping, which is how I noticed it. I guess that means I should do the surgery soon? I know how to do the surgery, but none of my birds have ever had an injury like this, so I wanted to be sure before I went cutting into her feet.
    Right now is a bad time for feet. One of my horses is lame, Rhonda the chicken has bumblefoot, and I sprained my ankle. Lovely. [​IMG]
    Thanks again!
     
  10. jennh

    jennh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    Lititz
    If she's limping, you should do it soon, before it gets worse. Be prepared to "pull the plug" a couple of times though.

    Jen
     

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