Swollen foot, possible bumblefoot - Pekin Duck

Is This Bumblefoot?

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Jan 1, 2020
Can anyone help with identifying what this might be? A couple weeks ago I noticed one of my ducks limping and not walking much. Her right ankle is very swollen and now I see this sore. Any help identifying what it might be and treatment would be greatly appreciated.



Nov 12, 2018
Most of the time on chickens it's on the bottom of the foot. Obviously this is a duck, and I don't know if that would change what bumblefoot looks like. This looks like something else to me, what it is, I don't know.
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11 Years
Oct 20, 2008
Im currently treating my Pekin duck for bumblefoot. Didnt notice it until she was limping pretty bad. I hope it gets better soon. Right now Im using vetericyn and triple antibiotic on her foot. Epsom salt soak for 10 mins before that.
Hope your duck gets better soon!


10 Years
May 26, 2009
David, Chiriquí, Panama
When in doubt, soak it in very warm water (shouldn't be painful to you when you submerge your hand and wrist into the water) for 15 to 20 minutes. Because it's a duck, I would skip the epsom salts, as they can cause diarrhea, and it's second nature to a duck to drink the water they're "swimming" in. After soaking, I would use an old terry towel to gently yet firmly dry rub the wound in the hope that the scab will peel off without causing injury to healthy tissue. If the scab doesn't budge, you can rub edible cooking oil onto the leg and foot to keep the skin supple until the next bath (the next day). You need to get a good look at what's going on under that scab and at the edges of the wound to determine if it's infected or healing well. Sadly, bird pus is not liquid like human pus, instead it's a thick, cheesy substance that will require gentle pressure, similar to the pressure used to extract a blackhead, to remove (if the wound is infected). The oiling of the legs and feet will keep the skin moist/soft and has been known to suffocate mites in chickens... so it can't hurt to give your bird the 'spa' treatment :)

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10 Years
Oct 3, 2009
Mountains of Western N.C.
Looks like possibly an injury that is infected. She may need antibiotics. Start by soaking her leg in warm Epsom salt water soaking can help soften the scab and also help with inflammation. Once you've soaked [may take a few days] you can try getting the scab off try getting under the scab with your finger nail and pulling it off there will be a pus plug in there if it's bumble that is the infection and has to come out before healing will happen. It's pretty swollen so be as gentle as possible. If you can get her to the vet that would be a good option since she may need antibiotics. To keep my birds from drinking the ES water It use a bucket and dunk both legs and hold them while soaking. once you have soaked and the scab is still intact use Veterycin or tripe antibiotic on the place and just keep doing this till you can get the scab off. Please soak and then show pics again. Once scab comes off and you get the plug out you'll need to use some kind of antibiotic ointment Triple would be a good one then keep it wrapped till hole has healed over. Checking every few days to make sure you got all the infection out. And wrap isn't too tight.
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