What is wrong with my duck? Broken Foot?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by buggymuffin, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. buggymuffin

    buggymuffin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a khaki campbell hen we brought in because she was limping and had enough swelling in her leg that the band was cutting into it. We removed the band and treated the wound with neosporin. We also treated her with baytril for a week because the swelling was so severe. After the baytril, the leg wound and a couple of small scabs on the bottom of her feet appeared to be completely healed (no swelling associated with the scabs on her feet). but she continued to have some swelling on the top of her foot and in her lower leg. A couple of weeks after we stopped the baytril, she developed a "bumble" on the back of her leg where the original wound was. I cut it off and removed all the gunk behind it (mostly clear fluid with minimal blood other than what was attached to the scab itself and wrapped it with neosporin, gauze and vet wrap. The next evening, I drained some more clear fluid from the wound and re wrapped it. Since then, it seems to be healing nicely, but I do re wrap every night. My concern is that the swelling in the top of her foot is not going away and she typically walks on the back of her foot (like she is walking on the heal) and will not put weight evenly on the foot very often. This causes her to walk with a limp. There is no sore associated with the swelling in her foot, but it does feel like there is something hard, but loose in the swollen spot, like maybe a pocket of fluid or a piece of bone. I can push it around with my fingers, and it doesn't really feel like it is attached to anything on the backside. I am wondering if I should cut her foot open to remove it, or if I should let it be. I don't really want to give her another open sore that could become infected, but I am worried about the fact that it has been over a month and it doesn't seem to be going away. I can't afford a vet visit, so I need to figure this one out on my own.
     

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