Is this bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by sammit, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. sammit

    sammit Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 25, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    hey guys, was just given two hens. they both are laying and both have weird solid lumps on their feet. its not a swelling, more like a hard lump. no obvious signs of infection or open wounds, not hot, no weeping. the birds were kept on a solid floor with a straw base that was changed regularly. they both have lost the tips of their toes on both feet. what could this be?

  2. sniper338

    sniper338 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    Looks something like that to me
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Sounds and looks like gout to me. Get them off high protein gamebird food for a while and on some chicken chick starter of around 18%. Put apple cider vinegar in their water daily, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar per gallon of water changed every day. Give them cherries every day. This is very important. Cherries help clear out the uric acid from the blood and body and will help with the swelling. This will take some time. They may always to prone to gout now, so when you return them to regular gamebird food, you may want to stick with 22% or 24% protein. No mealworms, hard boiled eggs or other protein foods. They will also probably slow down or stop laying on the low protein diet for a while. Good luck!
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  4. sammit

    sammit Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 25, 2013
    Brisbane, Australia
    hmmm gout is an option i never even thought of. thanks for the suggestion, ill do some research on it now. one of them seems pretty lame with it, walks a few steps on the backs of her ankles and then sits down.
  5. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2012
    My uncle had gout and he was told to eat 2 canned black cherries everyday and it worked! Cant hurt to try it. good luck.

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