Rooster foot pad swollen

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by slpmom, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. slpmom

    slpmom Out Of The Brooder

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    Our black Orpington rooster has a swollen metatarsal pad on his foot and he seems to be limping. We tried soaking it but no change. Any suggestions on how to help him?
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  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    It could be the beginning of bumblefoot. Often times, slight swelling and a scab are the first signs of bumblefoot. I'd soak his foot in epsom salts every day or so, and see if that helps. Antibiotics like Penicillin might also help. It would be a good idea to keep him isolated from the other birds in a deep bedded cage/area so that he doesn't injure the foot worse or get the foot dirty.

    Sometimes, bumblefoot requires surgery to clear it up. Here are some links on bumblefoot surgery, in case you need to/want to do it:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/236649/bumblefoot-surgery-with-pics-and-how-to
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/727642/severe-bumblefoot-surgery-graphic

    Fortunately, your bird's case doesn't seem too bad yet. If you keep it clean and soak the foot, it may clear up on its own.

    More information on bumblefoot:

    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
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2013
  3. slpmom

    slpmom Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you very much for the information- I really appreciate it. We live in the mountains and the chickens are free ranged all day. They like to travel to the neighbors and walk through brush. I have a feeling that is how it is happening. I have all the products and will start the soaking tomorrow. Again, thanks!
     

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