Hi everyone, My two-year old hen has had a swollen foot for a few months now, but I had been putting off surgery because she had been walking fine on it, and it hadn't gotten any bigger. Additionally, even though I thought it was bumblefoot, she has never had the tell-tale scar on the bottom of her foot. In the past couple days the swelling quickly got a lot worse, and this morning I noticed she wasn't walking at all on the bad foot (instead, she was standing on her one good foot and hopping wherever she needed to go). I ran out to the store and got a scalpel, veterycin, antibiotic gel, gauze, and vet wrap. I made two incisions in different parts of the bottom of her foot (again, there was no scab), but despite going deep into the swollen area, I couldn't find any evidence of the kernel of infected tissue that should be in there. I tried massaging the foot and feeling around for anything hard, but I was out of luck. She would twitch more and more the deeper I went, and since I couldn't find anything, I couldn't bring myself to keep probing. I filled both incisions with as much antibiotic gel as I could, wrapped her foot up with some vetericyn-soaked gauze, and went to work. After the procedure, she was back to standing on one foot and hopping around, but still not putting the bad foot on the ground at all. Is there any chance the swelling is due to something besides bumblefoot? I'm running out of hope here. In addition to the gel and spray on her foot, she has antibiotics in her drinking water (which I've done before), but if her foot doesn't improve at all, I'm worried that the responsible thing to do might just be to cull her. I'm REALLY hesitant to put her through what I did this morning again without knowing for sure that she's got bumblefoot. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the foot before wrapping it, but before the surgery, it looked just like the chicken foot below. The swollen area was really soft and fleshy, unlike other pictures of bumblefoot I've seen before.