Is this bumblefoot?

ChickieBooBoo

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It depends on the seriousness of the particular birds case. I have a few hens with mild cases of it who aren't limping and I've just left it. No point in cutting open their foot if they aren't in pain IMO.
 

GoldenSparrow

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Mar 11, 2011
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shari G

I healed 3 of my chickens bumblefoot without any surgery! I have always believed in healing from the inside out and this proved to work with chickens as well. One of my girls even had a bumble dime sized and swollen on her foot. Here is what I did for about 10 days:

I have a puddle that forms on my patio when sprayed down each morning. I sprayed it then added about 8 drops of Grapefruit Seed Extract and some Spice of Life oil blend from Be Young essential oils, about 8 drops. I then swirled it around a bit then sprinkled some food in the water. The chickens would come and stand in the water for several minutes, drink the water and eat the food with the oils on it. The extract and oils are known to kill strep and other bacteria. Their scabs became lighter and lighter and the swelling went down in a few weeks. I just looked today and there is not any sign of ever having bumblefoot! Perfectly clean. Amazing! It took a couple months for it to totally be gone but I only did the oils for 10 days then left it alone. I couldn't believe my eyes when I checked them today. No more surgery around here!

Thats GREAT!!!!!!!!!!​
 

Yay Chicks!

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Apr 15, 2010
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It depends on the seriousness of the particular birds case. I have a few hens with mild cases of it who aren't limping and I've just left it. No point in cutting open their foot if they aren't in pain IMO.

So there's no harm in just keeping an eye on it? I have one that has the brown spot/scab, and has had it awhile, but there is not swelling and no limping. I have no experience with it to this point, but figured I would just keep an eye on it and if it didn't progress, I'd leave it alone.
 

estamets

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May 3, 2014
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Bumping this OLD thread.

I have tried everything with my girls, and there are three that I just can't get the Bumblefoot to heal. One in particular is really bad; one day I pulled 5 plugs the size of pence erasers from one of her feet.

I'm tired of putting them through the pain of surgery, and the awkwardness of having pipe insulation taped to their feet.. Tricide Neo didn't seem to have much of an effect, so now I'm going the route I use on myself. Each day (maybe twice a day if I have time), I'm going to rub the infected feet with one drop of grapefruit seed extract and one drop of tea tree oil. I know there is debate over using undiluted tea tree oil, but I'm giving it a try: one drop, rubbed in well.

I'll let you know how it goes!
 

PoultryPedia

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May 25, 2008
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@estamets
Some say citrus is supposed to be unsafe for birds, but if you want to experiment--

You could try Tangerine essential oil.

Mixing a drop of Tangerine essential oil in a a little bit of carrier oil (such as coconut oil) to dilute it, & then rubbing some of that on the foot would be the probably the most effective & safest way to use it. Essential oils are EXTREMELY concentrated, so be very conservative on amounts.

Tangerine is supposed to kill some kinds of staph infections, which is the class of infections that usually cause Bumblefoot. I think the tangerine PEEL is what's helpful, so regular tangerine juice wouldn't be very helpful.
https://www.organicfacts.net/health...alth-benefits-of-tangerine-essential-oil.html

Citrus can be risky for birds, however.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/274883/why-cant-you-feed-your-chicken-citrus

Iron overload disease (extra risky if high-iron pellets, supplements or foods are also fed):
http://www.beautyofbirds.com/ironstoragedisease.html

I don't know if the risks would be as high if the bird is absorbing tangerine thru the skin rather than taking orally.

This article specifically recommends feeding citrus to chickens, but it doesn't sound like the people involved necessarily know a lot of specific info about birds.
http://www.examiner.com/article/why-feeding-oranges-to-cows-and-chickens-could-save-lifes

Try googling to research more about this before trying it out.

Tangerine essential oil is pretty inexpensive. It's $6.56 + shipping at this website-- http://butterflyexpress.net/shopping/index/OS
 

estamets

Songster
6 Years
May 3, 2014
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Ramona, CA
@estamets
Some say citrus is supposed to be unsafe for birds, but if you want to experiment--

You could try Tangerine essential oil.

Mixing a drop of Tangerine essential oil in a a little bit of carrier oil (such as coconut oil) to dilute it, & then rubbing some of that on the foot would be the probably the most effective & safest way to use it. Essential oils are EXTREMELY concentrated, so be very conservative on amounts.

Tangerine is supposed to kill some kinds of staph infections, which is the class of infections that usually cause Bumblefoot. I think the tangerine PEEL is what's helpful, so regular tangerine juice wouldn't be very helpful.
https://www.organicfacts.net/health...alth-benefits-of-tangerine-essential-oil.html

Citrus can be risky for birds, however.
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/274883/why-cant-you-feed-your-chicken-citrus

Iron overload disease (extra risky if high-iron pellets, supplements or foods are also fed):
http://www.beautyofbirds.com/ironstoragedisease.html

I don't know if the risks would be as high if the bird is absorbing tangerine thru the skin rather than taking orally.

This article specifically recommends feeding citrus to chickens, but it doesn't sound like the people involved necessarily know a lot of specific info about birds.
http://www.examiner.com/article/why-feeding-oranges-to-cows-and-chickens-could-save-lifes

Try googling to research more about this before trying it out.

Tangerine essential oil is pretty inexpensive. It's $6.56 + shipping at this website-- http://butterflyexpress.net/shopping/index/OS

Thank you!!!
 

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