Hi- I have a Brahma roo and two australorps that have been roosting on top of the coop instead of inside like everyone else, and all three have come down with bumblefoot. We are leaving friday on a trip to Mexico and I don't want to make someone else care for them and wrap feet and such. None of them are limping, and we are planing on butchering the roo tommorow anyway, so bumblefoot is the least of his worries (he's really rough on the hens). I have spent the past two nights soaking their feet in epsom salts for 20 min, placing antibiotic ointment on their feet, and wrapping them to keep the dirt out. One of the hens I tried to cut into her foot to remove the bumble, failed utterly, had second thoughts since I won't be here to baby her feet this comming week, and wrapped her foot back up. They are my top two hens, both in pecking order and eggs, so it doesn't seem to have affected their production or social order. Do you think I can leave them for a week and just do the major surgery when I get back? My husband wants to just cull them since we are eating the rooster anyway, but I'm tempted to try to heal them, but It's going to be a week before I can do it. both seem to be behaving normally, only the one that I did cut her foot hasn't laid an egg today- but a kidnapping out of the coop and a dunk in a bathtub and a scalpel in your foot might make you not lay an egg either . . . So, should I give my pretty girls the axe so the staph doesn't spread? or should I come back from my trip armed with antibiotic? I don't currently have a place to isolate them and I really don't want to make life hard on my chickensitter How fast does bumblefoot progress?