Scab On Turkey Foot - Could Have Been Bumblefoot On Top (Not Sure)

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  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    This weekend I was looking at my Tom turkey (my old boy is about 5 years old) and I noticed that he had a raised scab the size of a dime on top of his foot. At first it looked like it was filled with puss or something. I felt on it but it didn't feel as if it was filled with anything. So, I went inside and got the surgery area together and went back out to get him. I brought him in and placed him sideways on the counter (feet hanging over into the sink). I placed a towel over his head. He is always so calm. I never have any problem with him and he lets me poke and prod and probe him all over. He is such a sweet boy. Anyway, I washed his feet real good with antibacterial soap and warm water, so I could get a better look at this scab. See pic of dry scab below:

    Dry Raised Scab Before Cutting it Open
    I initially got a syringe to see if I could withdraw any drainage that may have been in there. I tried 3 times but nothing was sucked up in the syringe. So the next step was getting a razor and cutting around it. See next pic.
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    Scab After Cutting It Open
    I carefully sliced the scab open (circular motion) with a razor. I could not see anything at first. It appeared to be hollow. I had to look deep down into the hole and I saw something that looked dried up. It was black in color. I dug that out with tweezers. After digging out the black stuff, I saw something that looked like a thick white substance similar to cottage cheese. I dug as much of that out as I could. It bled a little.
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    Inside Of Hole
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    Pic Of Hole After Trying To Get Yucky Stuff Out
    There was a little bleeding but not much. I also cut away and removed all of that dead skin that you see around the hole. It pulled away very easily.
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    Pic of stuff that was dug out. Included is some stuff from underneath his foot as well. He had bumble foot AGAIN, so I had to dig that stuff out AGAIN.
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    After cleaning out the hole and removing more stuff out from the bottom of his foot (definitely bumble foot underneath), I cleaned him up real good, did a saline solution rinse, sprayed blue kote and wrapped foot with bandage. I put him in the garage for now. I don't want him to walk in the chicken yard right now because I want the open wounds to remain clean.

    As of this morning, he is doing just fine. I know he is ready to get back in the yard. The girls came looking for him this weekend. I had the garage door open and they found him and jumped into the enclosure that I have him in. I have him placed in a VERY large area that is cornered off with a lot of pet carriers so he will remain contained.
     
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  2. Sally Sunshine

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    sure looks like bumblefoot! Good job! what is blue coat??? .... I didnt have any luck until I purchased veterycin which is a miracle in a spray bottle!!! its a spray gel.... .now I use it on ALL animals and anything that dont heal on myself
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Thanks

    Here is a link to Blue Kote.

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/blue_kote_wound_dressing.html
     
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    [​IMG] much much cheaper than what I use too!! Thanks1
     

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