Is this early BUMBLEFOOT? (pics) If so... how to treat at this stage?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SeaChick, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Our favorite hen, Olympia, is having a rough time right now!!

    Not only are we integrating the new pullets (stressful to all) but she is broody for the first time, and we're trying to "break" her. She is very confused, poor thing!!

    Now this. It looks to me like the pics I have seen of bumble foot, although there does not seem to be any swelling. She does not seem to be in any pain.

    What do you think? Can it clear up on its own or is treatment necessary? I am so hesitant to stress her more. I know the treatment of more extreme cases is to soak, pick off the scab, lance (or squeeze?) the pus out (although there does not seem to be swelling yet), wrap and isolate the bird. That seems so stressful.


    Worse foot:

    Other foot:

    Both feet:
  2. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Also, she is not limping at all....
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I'd never heard of bumblefoot until about a week ago so I googled it to find out what it is (new chicken owner). YAY! Something else to worry about!

    OK, now seriously:

    If I were you I'd look it up on google (unless you get a better response here) and try to clean it out. I found info on google, though a search on BYC would likely give as good or better info.

    If there is pus, never ever "squeeze". If there's not a clear route for the pus to clear, you can force it farther into the tissue and create a bigger problem.

    Good luck & keep us posted!
  4. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
  5. cath

    cath In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2008
    South Wales, UK
    The feet look fine to me aswell.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    If it's a scab, it's probably bumblefoot. This is one of my hens, Violet, who fought it for a year of her life. Note that her pad is swollen. That is later stages, and at first there may be not any appreciable swelling.
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2008
  7. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Well, the "worse" foot is definitely a scab with a bit of thickness to it. I could sort of catch the edge with my fingernail (although I did not pull it). The other foot has just a slight, thin scabby area.

    So what do I do?

    Can anyone think what else it might be if not Bumblefoot?

    Should I soak the feet and try to pry off the scab or is that not a good idea if I'm not all prepared to bandage her feet and isolate her? (And as noted I'm hesitant to stress her with isolation since she's all freaky with her first broody spell and we're trying to "break" the broodiness by keeping her off the nest. she is really confused, poor thing!!)
  8. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    That's a good article. I happen to live in the woods, so lots of sharp rocks and old burn piles from the former owner. No matter what I do in the coop and pen, they free range and get bumblefoot over and over, at least the heavier ones do. All the antibiotics he mentions at the end of the article, my Violet was on, one after the other, for a year. I just quit using them entirely for it, except when my very heavy Meg got it in both feet. Do follow his instructions and most will do well.
  10. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Quote:Thank you for that article, super one at that. I was just curious what it was, so reading the article finding your post and yippie, I now have something more to worry about
    Good luck to those with foot problems human, hen and beasts!

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