What is bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jess5254, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. jess5254

    jess5254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard you guys talking about bumble foot and I have never heard of it.
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Bumble foot is when, something punctures the chickens foot, and it heals wrong and causes infection.......It usually happens on the bottom (foot pad) of the chicken's foot. I think it happens when the chicken steps on something, like a thorn.....Anyhow, you'll notice a chicken with this limping, and when you look at the bottom of the foot, you usually see a black scab.

    I've actually had to do a surgery for this. Under the black scab is an actual white core....You literally have to cut that out. Chickens tolerate the surgery very well. I wrapped my hen in a towel, and covered her face. My husband held her firmly with her legs over the sink, her body was on the counter. I used a sterilized exacto knive and dug out the core. Flushed the wound with cold water and then put some scarlet oil on the wound, and wrapped the hen's foot with vet wrap.

    Unfortunately, alot of the times, the bumblefoot comes back. If you don't try and get it early, it can really get bad......

    I hope your chickens never get it, but if they do, there are great instructions here on this website with pictures.....

    Take care,
    Sharon
     
  3. jess5254

    jess5254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Good to know. I think I had a duck with that but she had an egg break inside her before we could do anything about it.
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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