Questions about bumblefoot

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by momma's chickens, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    There is great info on here but one quick question, do I need to somehow disinfect the duck pen ground. My cayuga drake has bumblefoot and to be honest I didn't catch it early on. It looks bad, all crusted over and a hard crusty BIG bump. I believe my Pekin hen is also getting it so I am going to treat her also. I have two Rouen ducks in there and two other ducklings with no sign of it at all. After I treat and quarantine do I need to spread agr lime down or something and move the other ducks out of that area. There are in a permanent pen and letting them free range isn't an option as I just planted all my spring veggies and plants.
     
  2. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    I cannot imagine a good way to disinfect "earth" in their pen. I would utilize a ground cover for a period of time, pine shavings or possibly sand for an acceptable barrier. I believe a softer ground cover will also be softer for the ducks foot.
    Are you treating with epsom salt soaks and trying to draw the infection from the foot? Neosporin or some type of antibiotic ointment after soaking?
     
  3. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't bumblefoot caused by an infected sore on their foot? I would look to see what might be causing them to get injuries, then get rid of that, which would eliminate the chance of getting bumblefoot.
     
  4. momma's chickens

    momma's chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2008
    Idaho
    Miss-thenorth, no, you are right but they use to free range and I am not sure what he cut it on. They are now in a pen that is rake at least two to three times a week.

    I seperate them with a wire divider so they can still see each other, as far from the pool area as possible, the ground was dry there. Then I put down lots of straw for them and soaked in epsom salt, neosporin after soaking, and put the foot in a sock to keep it as dry as possible. Do I do this treatment everyday?

    Thank you for your replies!
     
  5. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Yep--till it clears up--you might have to lance the booboo, but the epsom salts should pull out the infection. If their area is safe, then it would be pointless to disinfect. Bumblefoot is a staph infection, and staph is everywhere. Just make sure they can't get any more injuries and you should be good to go.
     

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