Not Sure I Can Do It...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by myhubbycallsmechickeemama, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have discovered today that I have 2 RIR hens with bumblefoot. One of them has it on both feet. OMGosh, I'm not sure I can do the surgery without puking all over them!!! :sick I have a very weak stomach!!!

    I have looked at the tutorial but dang....

    Anyone ever done it that has a weak gag reflex and how did you manage??
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I had a brahma a couple of years ago that had what looked like bumblefoot. I put him in a pen by himself for a couple of weeks until he recovered. Sometimes time is the best thing we can give them. I read about the surgery and decided that it would be more cruel to cut into an animal that's not sedated.
     
  3. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one hen's foot is quite swollen so I'm not sure she'll get better with time and I would rather do the surgery on her than have her die of a staph infection. :/
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Just suck it up and start cutting. It's not as bad as you think. The worst part is the anticipation. Once you start cutting you don't think about it much.
     
  5. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is not safe to sedate a chicken - vets do not even sedate them for surgery. They do not react at all when you do it and heal very fast.
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    They are sedated during surgery, but it is a fast acting, short-lived gas. Still, sedation is the most dangerous part of any surgery on birds.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I used to be like that... Maggots used to make me gag, sight of blood, etc. 40 years of pet care will fix ya. Two words for ya... "cowboy up" [​IMG]
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You can do it! We are rooting for you![​IMG]

    I have only seen bumblefoot once and it was so mild and with no swelling I opted just to observe it.
     
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  10. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] So true! I've only had animals of my own for about a year, but it sure does harden you!
     

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