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Please help ID this foot problem

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mmerriman, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. mmerriman

    mmerriman New Egg

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    One of the girls has this on her foot - not on the bottom, and she otherwise seems fine and acts normally. THoughts on how to treat?[​IMG]

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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    That appears to be bumblefoot between the toes, a staph infection. Is it soft? Soak her foot in epsom salts or warm soapy water rubber the footpad. You may discover a black spot on the bottom of the pad. She will need surgery on it which you can do yourself with help. Get some vet wrap, neosporin ointment (plain,) 2x2 gauze pads, and disposable scalpels from the cattle dept of feed stores and TSC are handy.Here are 2 good links with videos:
    http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/resource000779_rep800.pdf
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html
    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/how-to-treat-bumblefoot-in-chickens.aspx
     
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  3. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like plantar pododermatitis. Sometimes its called bumblefoot. It should be treated because it spread into the bones and surrounding tissue. I think its treated with Verimicyn and if a scabbed abcess occurs you might have to cut out the scab. Don't put any topical ointment on your chicken that ends in "caine" like lidocaine or benzocaine. They can cause heart failure in chickens. I don't know how to post links but you can search "bumblefoot in chickens" and pull up alot of pictures and info for treatment. Hope your chickie gets better quickly.
     
  4. charsbird

    charsbird Out Of The Brooder

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    That looks like a crud ball. Look underneath the lump. Is it a build up of crud that you can push out from the top?
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Here is a similar picture of the red and swollen upper portion of bumblefoot caused by staph:

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    photo by BLaBlauve
     

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