Scabby lesions on legs - bumbleleg?


6 Years
Apr 28, 2013
Tucson, AZ
I just noticed these lesions on my black laced brahma pullet. She has one lesion on each leg. The bottoms of her feet are completely fine (no lesions or irritation). Can chickens get bumblefoot on their legs? Any ideas what this might be and what I should do to correct it? The photo was taken after I had soaked her legs in epsom salts for about 10 minutes.

Poor bird! That could be a form of bumblefoot, some injury, or infection. I would recommend soaking her legs in epsom salts daily, putting some antibiotic ointment on the wound, and seeing if it heals. Isolate her in a well-bedded, clean place, with feed and water nearby. Antibiotics, like Penicillin, might be a good idea as well.
That looks exactly like what happened to my roo when I had an outbreak of bumblefoot. It traveled up his leg and came out his "hock" in a wound that looked similar to that. Poor baby.
He lost the use of the joint in that leg and had to hop around. :(

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