Not Sure I Can Do It...

myhubbycallsmechickeemama

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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??
 

bobbi-j

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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.
 

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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.

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.
 

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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!!!
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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??
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"
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