Potential bumble?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by GooseHerder, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. GooseHerder

    GooseHerder Goose and Chicken Enthusiast

    Jul 4, 2017
    I swear I thought my goose had a bumble on his foot. I just now found it. So I brought him in, soaked the foot, then started picking the scab and as soon as I did it started bleeding. A lot. So I was wanting to get a second opinion on it since it was my first time dealing with bumble foot. I knew it was supposed to bleed a little but it was reallllly bleeding. I attached a pic after I picked the scab. Any opinions? He is a 2 1/2 year old giant dewlap toulouse around 25 pounds.

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  2. SniperGoose

    SniperGoose Songster

    Apr 15, 2018
    Central Pennsylvania
    It does look like bumblefoot. I've never had any of my ducks/geese have it though. Only experienced it in chickens. You should be able to feel around for the plug in his foot. Do you feel anything solid in that affected area? It's not a surprise that it bled. It's not really something you want to be picking at, but actually removing entirely. I'd wait and get some others' opinions before making any decisions, but if it is bumblefoot, surgery may be needed. If you decide to do it yourself, I highly recommend watching some videos on bumblefoot surgery.

    I had performed bumblefoot surgery on one of my hens, and it was a success! This is the plug I got out of her foot:

    Best of luck to you and your goose! :)
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  3. Iain Utah

    Iain Utah Crowing

    Dec 17, 2011
    Yes, it looks like bumblefoot, which is a bacterial infection and usually staph. Dewlaps are horribly prone to bumblefoot. Home remedy is cleaning out with soapy water, then peroxide for the first 1-2 days, then switch to chlorhexidine for cleaning. After cleaning, apply topical antibiotic cream (do NOT use cream with pain relief). Keep as clean as possible. If it does not resolve, then it will need to be cut-out, preferably by a dvm. If bleeding badly, can apply KY jelly to help stop bleeding.

    Good luck!
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  4. Ducks4comicrelief

    Ducks4comicrelief Chirping

    Sep 26, 2019
    Chattanooga, TN
    My vet put my Pekin on a round of antibiotics. The excessive bleeding is normal as there is a lot of blood circulation through the feet. However, the ratio of blood loss before it becomes fatal is alarmingly small.

    From what I can see, it appears the foot has two separate sites of infection. Removing the plug is a two person job, so definitely don't attempt to remedy without an assistant. Good luck.

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