Scab on bottom of hen's foot-Worry?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Catalina, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007
    My hen Butter has a scab on the bottom of her left foot. The foot is a tiny bit swollen. It doesn't seem too tender, she lets me touch it, but she does occasionally stand with this foot curled up underneath her (at first I just thought she was cold).

    I gave her a bath today and afterwards rubbed Neosporin into the bottom of her foot.



    Should I worry about this?
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Yes, looks like bumble foot.

    Do a search with bumble foot as the keyword, lots of threads about this.
  3. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    should be treated asap.
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Looks like bumblefoot to me too.
  5. lovethechickens

    lovethechickens Songster

    Feb 16, 2008
    Antioch California
    i vote bumble foot. Treat is NOW![​IMG]
  6. Catalina

    Catalina Songster

    Jul 19, 2007

    I took Butter to the Vet in June. It took several phone calls to find a Vet that would see her. I live in an area surrounded by many poultry farms, where culling is the preferred method of treatment. But Butter is a PET.
    The "farm animal" Vet agreed to treat her.
    He looked at her foot and pushed on the scab. I asked about Bumblefoot and he laughed and said -"No, it's not bumblefoot".
    He put ointment and wrapped her foot in a bright pink cast wrap.
    He also gave her an antibiotic shot in the chest.

    He told me to come back in a week and get the bandage changed.
    A week later he changed the bandage - the scab was still there and it hadn't changed in size or shape.
    He changed the bandage and told me I didn't need to bring her back again, just to take off the bandage in a week.

    His attitude was pretty much -that's all I'm going to do for a chicken.

    Now -6 MONTHS LATER-
    Butter still has a scab on the bottom of her foot.
    She now has a bare, red, feather-less patch on her chest (from the shot?).
    And the Vet has $100.

    She is happy, healthy and lays eggs.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    The vet doesn't know bumblefoot when he sees it, I'm sorry to say. Why are they so vain/arrogant/embarrassed that they cant say they dont know? [​IMG]

    It's bumblefoot. No doubt about it. Take it from someone who has treated many cases of it. A search will tell you how to treat it.
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    wow..six months!..and she still has the scab?...maybe the infection went away then?..and just the scab remains...[​IMG]...weird...good luck to you and the chickie!
  9. chickNjake

    chickNjake Songster

    Sep 3, 2008
    east tn
    I dealt with a vet a few months ago who was the same way- "I know what I'm doing...oops that didn't work...$125" [​IMG] well he didn't SAY all that, but that's what happend, I've learned BYC'ers usually know more than the vet. hope it works out [​IMG] -Jake

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