Never knew about Bumble foot, how common? Could mine have it!!!???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SIMPleChick, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was reading about bumble foot here and decided to check my hens. It looks like 2 of my hens have scabs on both feet and 2 have it on 1. We have a large tree in the back yard, have lots of tree roots, rocks, bark, etc....so LOTS of things that can scratch their little feet. 1 chicken I saw a scratch on her pad. None seem to have swollen feet and I am wondering, how you can really tell it's bumble feet vs. just a scab from scratching and wear on their feet??? Will their scratches ALWAYS turn into bumble foot??? Thanks for any advice and thanks for the pages on how to fix it!!!
     
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  3. Mavrik

    Mavrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The scab is the start of an infection, treat it now before it becomes swollen, it will develop into bumblefoot. Do foot soaks in antiseptic two times a day. I'm dealing with impact foot trauma with my crew myself.

    Also get rid of the source of injury (what every they are landing on that is injuring them).
     
  4. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great site! Thanks, the scabs came of very easily on one hens feet. Small, she had 3 small ones on one foot, only 1 opened up to a small hole which we cleaned. Soaked, cleaned and packed with neosporin, cotton and ducktape. Heard it was better because it is waterproof??? Keep more moisture out, neosporin, in? Yes, No? My Skinny WLH has what looked like a swollen toe, with a scab just under the toenail, but I just felt like I was picking at her skin. cleaned and wrapped it too. I think I caught them early, will keep them clean and soak them often. We have a lot of stickers here in the weeds as well as our ack porch stairs they like to climb up and jump off. Thanks so much for all this info!
     
  5. Mavrik

    Mavrik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure if I like the duct tape idea on my other thread. Some tapes have really good adhesive and probably can pull the skin off, plus it doesn't flex any. My most current idea is put a little piece of plastic wrap just on the gauze (maybe a little over) then use vetwrap over it. This would at least keep the wound clean.
     
  6. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thought it was a good idea, We didn't put it on tight but it still got water in it. Henny Penny likes to walk through the pool...So we took those off and are letting them air dry their wounds right now. They weren't bad, but I will be getting some of that medical stretch tape to use on them tonight before roosting! It's hard being a chicken isn't it...LOL! Miss Henny Penny is NOT happy with me today though. She is usually the one who runs up to us first and has us hold her, today I had to chase her down to check her feet! LOL! Poor girly!
     

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