My mother's hen has bumblefoot........

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by luvmychicknkids, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I think anyway. It looks like the pics I saw. Anyway, she has Sulmet. Is this an acceptable antibiotic to give her as treatment? Also, should she treat all her chickens and just toss the eggs or just the one who is infected? Her feet are still soft so I am hoping we can cure it without operating. [​IMG]
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Sulmet wont do it for bumblefoot. Pen-G injectible would be the choice and easy to get. It's not technically contagious from bird to bird since it's a staff infection.
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Can she get that antibiotic from the feed store? Does she need a prescription? We don't have a vet that does poultry here.
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    I found bumblefoot on both feet on my black sex link today. [​IMG]
    I cut out the plugs, cleaned out the holes and applied neosporin and bandaged.

    I'll have to pick up some pen-g and syringes, I don't think pen-g will flow through my insulin syringe.

    What is the dosage and where is the best injection site?
  5. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Alright, I got the pen-g and the syringes. Now, if someone could tell me how much to give her and where to inject it....Rooster-Red may still need to know, too. I am just a tiny bit nervous about this....I have never given a chicken an injection.

    Oh, I forgot to ask, how many days she need the medicine? Thanks. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2008
  6. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I've never given any of my chickens with bumblefoot any oral or injectable antibiotics.

    I usually clean out the wound, put topical antibiotics on it and if it is deep I put absorbent gauze and wrap vet that sticky vet wrap stuff until healed.

    Never had a bird die or not recover from it.
  7. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Really??? Hmmmmm......I wonder which would be better? I don't like the idea of her getting antibiotics she doesn't really need. The bottle I got is good until 2010 so it's not like it would be a wasted purchase....I am sue I will need it before then.
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Honestly, the only reason I ever give antibiotics to a hen with bumblefoot is when it is persistent and wont go away. I always have one or two with it and my heaviest hen, Meg, suffers with it in both of her big feet all the time. I do not normally give any meds to them other than the topical antibiotics or silver sulfadiazene cream in the wound. I treated one hen for a year off and on with different antibiotics and none seemed to do any good so I swore off them for her forever. She now rarely gets it anymore-I swear, that girl ought to glow in the dark from all the antibiotics she had back then! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2008
  9. heavypetting

    heavypetting Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    Mr. Joy had really bad bumblefoot. He got dry gangrene in his toes and they shrivelled up pretty quickly.

    Even after being on oral antibiotics he still had some tissue loss, we had to keep trimming until we got healthy tissue. Then it was epson salt solution foot soaks and triple antibiotic slathered under gauze and vet wrap. I had to keep his feet bandaged until they completely healed. He's never had it again, almost 7 years later.

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