Roosters foot is swollen!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicken farmer, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. chicken farmer

    chicken farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2012
    I have a cornish cross meat rooster that is a little over 2 years old and his foot got swollen and looks like it might be filled with pus, I touched it and it's kind of squishy and is obviously infected. I'm not sure if it's bumble foot or what, he is in a coop and pen with my 4 fantail pigeons and they get along fine. I'm wondering if I should try to cut it and release all the fluid or whatever is in there and flush it out with peroxide or what I should do. Any help is appreciated!
    Here's a picture of him from last summer
  2. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2015
    SE Texas
    That is probably the most horrendous case of bumblefoot I've ever seen. It's more common in heavier breeds, so your CX rooster would definitely be a candidate for a severe case. (By the way how have you gotten him to live for 2 years??? CX, especially the heavy cockerels, die of organ failure pretty close after the butcher date)

    You need to get rid of that fast or else the infection (which is caused by staph bacteria) will spread up into his leg and will eventually kill him. You'll need to drain and remove the abscess. There will probably be some sort of hard "core", surrounded by stringy white infection. You need to know there is a very strong chance you will not be able to remove all infection. Here's a great article on surgically removing the infection:
    If you decide to remove it surgically, make sure the wound is kept clean and the bandage changed regularly.

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