Please help me help my duck!! Swollen "toe"!!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kkayse01, May 4, 2016.

  1. kkayse01

    kkayse01 New Egg

    May 4, 2016

    My poor Ancona! I noticed he was limping and trying to stay off his foot a few nights ago. There is swelling on his middle "toe" and it's gotten worse today. I'm keeping him in a confined area so he can't walk on it too much. Bumblefoot is what comes up on Google as I'm trying to research his symptoms... Are these "Bumblefoot calluses" on the bottom of his foot? He likes to chase my Pomeranian and he could have tweaked his foot trying to get him... Maybe sprained or broken? From reading other forums, it sounds like a break takes a long time to heal; his foot has been swollen for about a week now. He's still acting the same... Still trying to catch bugs, still gets fisty with the other duck.

    He's kinda mean to me so this is the best I could get. I could try to get another if it might help!! Any advice is greatly appreciated! Not sure what to do with him:(.
  2. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2013
    It could be bumblefoot. I have seen it in chickens but ducks are so much cleaner that they are less prone to staph infections.
  3. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2015
    New England USA
    Those swellings look like they could be bumbles, splinters/thorns or something internal like arthritis. The bumbles can swell alarming large. They feel sort of like bubble wrap around the bumble site.

    I have a hen that has an actual bumble on her foot. It was caused by a thorn from some wild roses that are growing on one side of our yard.

    i'm doing daily epsom salt warm water soaks to help with the inflammation and to soften the scab/sore.

    I spray vetericyn on it at least twice a day. When i first noticed it i soaked her foot in vetericyn (I dropped the bottle and the sprayer end came off).

    I haven't bandaged it because we've had over a week solid of heavy rain. I haven't used neosporin on it either.

    This hen is one of my broodier hens and she is cranky! at me in general but she feels better after the bumble treatment.
  4. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2014
    Mississippi Y'all
    I have to agree that looks like horrible bumblefoot, which could lead to a staph infection. You probably need to get the duck to the vet pronto, I don't think vetericyn and neosporin can do much to cure something that bad.
  5. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

    Apr 20, 2007
    Soak the foot in epson salts water everyday. Soak for about 10 or 15 minutes.Put clear iodine on the bump and put a gauze on his foot and wrap in vetwrap. Do this for about 4 days until the bumble comes to a head. It will probably get a big scab on it and either pick the scab off or pull with tweezers. Try and squeeze all the liquid out of the hole where the bumble was. There will probably be a core that comes out with the scab. Try and rinse the foot and put neosporin without pain relief on the sore and bandage again. I hope this helps him.

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