My Silkie Hen has Bumble Foot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Prairie Divide, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. Prairie Divide

    Prairie Divide New Egg

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    I recently got a Silkie Hen. She came with Bumble Foot. My question is: I was wondering if I can or should cut her leg feathering down quite a bit in order to keep her feet cleaner during her treatment?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Not every single case of bumblefoot has to be treated. I have many chickens that have dark spots on footpads, but I don't do surgery unless there is a limp, or redness and swelling along with a black dot. I have a ton of tiny sharp rocks in my soil that constantly come to the surface, so I just watch them. I can't say about the feather--neither of my silkies has had the problem. You can try soaking the foot in epsom slats or Tricide Neo to try and get by without the surgery.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014

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