White Leghorn Hen with Bumblefoot!!! (2nd Try SUCCESS!!!!)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickLover98, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    We were Vaseline-ing everyone today due to a still-continuing scaly leg mite issue, when we noticed on of the White Leghorns, Primrose, had a very swollen foot. We thought she might've had Bumblefoot before, but then it went away and we never noticed anything until today. Her foot is VERY swollen and it looks like the scab has come off. There is clear puss leaking out and the poor girl's foot looks very painful. We don't know what to do, so we put her back in the coop for now. I'm worried about it getting infected, though, so please help us! I'm thinking of wrapping it, but I don't know what to do or how. I really need help, it could mean Prim's life. Oh, and I skipped putting Vaseline on her. I wasn't sure if I should. Any help is appriciated greatly!

    GRAPHIC PICS ALERT!!
    Here is her poor footsie!
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    Here is a side view.
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    Here is the foot, compared to the other foot. (Special thanks to my grandma for holding her)
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    Here is her standing on the foot. Her feet are so dirty because they were dirt bathing before this.
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    Here is Primrose. Sorry, the foot isn't in this pic. She looks very bad right now, because she's starting to molt.
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    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
  2. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are several recent threads on "Bumblefoot" Read them and do what they say to do.
     
  3. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Ok, thanks. I will.
     
  4. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Oh, another question: Should I do anything or leave it go? Also, what causes bumblefoot, to prevent it in the future?
     
  5. CammieSilkie

    CammieSilkie Out Of The Brooder

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    clean it with warm water. clean her whole foot and leg. pat the swollen area dry and make sure her leg and all is dry. I'd start with some padding of some sort, like, medical padding. cut a small piece and put it on the bottom of her foot. put and band-aid loosely over that, just to hold it in plaice. then get some medical wrap, i'd say gauze wrap, and get a LONG piece. you know how you can wrip / cut that stuff in half? not length, but width? the hot-dog way? XD I'd wrip off one fourth of the piece. NOT off the end so the piece becomes shorter, but off the side so the piece becomes SKINNIER. use that 1/4 piece to wrap the chicken's foot. i just suggest using 1/4 the width of a normal gauze strip so it fots between/around the toes and on the chicken's foot more comfortable. wrap it you would any person's foot, not too tight, but not so loose it falls off. not super thick either, her foot has to breathe! [​IMG] wrap it between the toes to hold it in plaice, and around her ankle to hold it in plaice also. she is going to squirm, but this will help her. I know its a lot of work, but if you can replace her bandage and all 1-2 times a day hopefully she'll get better.
     
  6. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Ok, thanks. I will do my best to help her. [​IMG]
     
  7. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Ga
    I hate to say it, but it looks like she might have it on both feet. In the third photo down, it looks like she might have a scab on the bottom of both feet. Bumble foot is caused by a staph infection, so make sure to wear gloves when handling the fluid from the wound.
     
  8. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Quote:Ok, thanks. I will wrap both feet, if that will help.
     
  9. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Pennsylvania
    Oh and another q: Are her eggs safe? I hope so, cause we've been selling them... [​IMG]
     
  10. goldeneggtees

    goldeneggtees Fluffy Butt Nut

    Mar 11, 2009
    Long Island, NY
    my hen had the start of bumblefoot, so I rubbed neosporin on it 2x and it went away quickly but your hen's case seems much worse. Hope she heals soon!
     

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