Something in foot and red chest?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JacksonPearce, Sep 30, 2016.

  1. JacksonPearce

    JacksonPearce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to chickens, so I really don't know what I'm dealing with here! One of my hens has almost ALWAYS had a bare chest (since I got her in May). I thought she was broody, for a while, but that's not the case, nor does she appear to have mites. Recently, however, her chest has become red and inflamed. I also noticed her foot was a tiny bit swollen and today pulled this out of the center of her foot, leaving a crater in her pad. It didn't feel like a scab-- it had the feel of a rock or something else worn down in there. I was shocked when it left a freaking HOLE in her foot pad! It seems like it was something similar to a hardened blackhead?

    I have some Tylan I could give her, but anyone know what's going on? I don't want to dose her without knowing. She's my best layer, so I want her to be healthy!

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  2. JacksonPearce

    JacksonPearce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Researching and it looks like it might be bumblefoot? Help!
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The foot looks like bumblefoot. The chest is likely bare from brooding. She will regrow the feathers when it's time for her molt.
     
  4. JacksonPearce

    JacksonPearce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! The chest really has been bare for MONTHS now-- is that normal? She's never exhibited any broody behavior, really.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It does look like Bumblefoot.

    You may want to inspect it to make sure you got all the infection or "core" out of the foot. Make sure you follow-up with aftercare. Apply some triple antibiotic ointment and wrap the foot to make sure the "hole" stays clean and heals up. After a couple of days take the wrap off and see how it's doing. You can soak the foot in a warm epsom salts bath to help reduce swelling.

    The breast/chest is most likely what @junebuggena suggested. Some of my layers have a few bare spots on their chests. Keep an eye on it, if you start to see anything that looks like a boil/blister then you can apply some plain neosporin or blue kote to the area.

    Antibiotic treatment is usually not necessary for Bumblefoot or a naked breast, if properly taken care of.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html
     
  6. JacksonPearce

    JacksonPearce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is so helpful. Thanks so much!
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It's very normal for springtime broodies to not regrow the chest feathers until molting season.
     

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