Swollen knuckles

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  1. 606bride

    606bride Out Of The Brooder

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    So, my hen has one toe knuckle on each foot that appears to be swollen and looks like it might be puss-filled. She doesn't seem to be in pain. Any advice would've appreciated.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Could you post a picture of the swollen toes. Also look for a swollen dark spot on the bottom of both feet.
     
  3. 606bride

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    I haven't had a chance to look at it up close. She won't let me near her. I have a very hard time doing anything to them. I'm waiting until tonight to investigate it fully. I'll post a pic when I can.

     
  4. MrsBrooke

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    Smells like bumblefoot, perhaps!

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  6. Eggcessive

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    Are both toes the same? The picture looks like bumblefoot which is a staphylococcal infection usually the result of a small cut or break in the skin. Surgery to get out the kernel of hardened pus may be necessary. Soaking in warm epsom salts may help prior to, or instead of surgery, but surgery is not that difficult for a lay person. Here are a couple of links with videos to read:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/07/bumblefoot-causes-treatment-warning.html
    http://www.hobbyfarms.com/livestock-and-pets/how-to-treat-bumblefoot-in-chickens.aspx
     
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