I wanted to share this so that it could be a learning experience for others. A little background. This is a blue copper Marans rooster who will be 3 in the spring. Skye has had a hard life and it always Seems like he gets beat up by others even though he is the biggest rooster I have. About a month ago he got beat up by one of my Tom turkeys. He was injured very badly and I was not sure that he was going to make it. Both of his eyes were injured, his comb, and various other serious injuries. He also had some serious injuries to his foot. I decided to treat the life-threatening ones first and ignored his foot. Long story short Skye pulled through and it was time to concentrate on his foot. By this time his foot had swollen tremendously and was obviously a severe case of bumble foot. I tried the usual treatments for bumble foot and it did not make any difference. I should also note that I do not ever under any circumstances give antibiotics. Sunday I decided that we needed to perform surgery in order to get the staph infection out. I did not want to cut on his entire foot at the same time as I felt that it would be too much to handle at once. We made one small incision Sunday and pulled a large staph infection plug out. We did use Betadine to disinfect the area prior to surgery. I used Teatree oil inside the wound and also on other parts of his foot prior to wrapping it. Today I unwrapped his foot and the wound that we cut looked great, swelling down tremendously in that area. However the Teatree oil obviously worked and was pulling a large amount of staph infection out to the surface. Today I basically soaked his foot in hot water, pulled out all the scab and staph infection plugs that I could. I've attached some pictures for you to see the progress of today. Please do not condone me for the Condition of his foot. I had to make a choice on whether he lived or died and had to treat the more serious injuries first. This is after unwrapping his bandage. You can see where we made the incision Sunday on the left side. Skye soaking in the tub. He's smart and used his wing over the tub for balance. This is after I cut, pulled, and dug out every staph plug I could. Those are some huge holes! Tea tree oil applied and bandaged. I did this surgery myself with no help. I wrapped him in a towel and he didn't move the entire time. The majority of the plugs I got out. I hope this helps someone else.