Why do ducks set Bumblefoot?


Nov 30, 2019
So, I know about the various bumblefoot treatment and antibiotics. What I am curious about is why do ducks keep getting bumblefoot?

My Pekin had it first, took him to the vet and had him on antibiotics. Then 2 months later, he got it again. Another vet visit and antibiotics.

2 months pass by and now all my ducks have it! 2 with very mild, antibiotics will only be needed. One duck is a little more developed (2 small black dots in swollen bump), and the last one has more severe (2 bigger black dots).

I clean their coop twice a day, they have standing kitchen mats, rubber mats, child water proof mats on the flooring and a pond inside their coop.

We did everything we could to give them soft ground and opportunity to swim alot.

When I clean their coop, I do let them outside to roam about and forage. Is this when they may be hurting their feet?

Just frustrated that nothing seems to prevent it! Luckily o have pet insurance for them.

How often do other people encounter bumblefoot with their ducks?

Pictures of the coop.


Isaac 0

6 Years
Jul 19, 2016
Bumblefoot or sometimes called Podermatis most commonly occurs with waterfowl when they are kept on a rough, hard, or wet substrate for an extended period of time, it can also be caused, by a nutritionally deficient diet, obesity, inactivity, poor hygiene, or injury to the feet which acts a gateway for the bacteria to enter through the skin.


Nov 30, 2019
I make sure they have a good diet. They get normal duck feed in which I add to. Grain, oats, some seeds, crumbled corn, lentils, vitamin pellets, vitamin quack snacks, and meal worms dried. Leaves from our veggie garden. Every other day some melons.Then 2 times a week, vitamins in their water.

Plus I let them out two times a day to forage.

I think it's from them being outside, they like to waddle around, go into the bushes, etc. Maybe they hurt their little feet that way.

I'm sure it doesn't help when they run after me whenever they see me carrying food.


Oct 13, 2019
Anchorage Alaska
I'm having a similar issue, i had it completely gone then two weeks later it was back with a vengeance. What I'm dealing with is not your typical bacterial infection. None of the bumbles ever have puss. Also it does not start with injury, first a crack forms in between the little scales on their feet and it spreads form there. I changed feed but that has not helped so far. It must be pretty contagious because they keep giving it to each other with no end in sight.


Nov 30, 2019
My Pekin get it just like that, the others the regular small dot that gets bigger.


Crossing the Road
5 Years
Mar 20, 2017
I try to check every month. Just amazed how fast it happens.

Plus I let them out two times a day to forage.

I think it's from them being outside, they like to waddle around, go into the bushes, etc. Maybe they hurt their little feet that way.

Do they go out in the winter and the summer? Does it seem to change with different seasons?

You could try keeping them locked in for a month or two (they will hate it.) See if they get more bumblefoot during that time, or not. Then you would know if there is a problem inside their pen or only outside. (Fewer options can make it easier to figure out what things are causing the problem.)

Miss Lydia

~Gift of God ~ Eternal Life ~John 3:16-17
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Oct 3, 2009
Mountains of Western N.C.
We live in rocky terrain it’s the mountains In NC and no way to change it. Then all the rain we’ve been getting, so far in 16 yrs I have only had 1 duck with bumble. Some of my chickens have had it also. When my Runner had it last year because of the way it presented itself we took her to the vet. She remarked about my husbandry well not much I can do about it. I keep their walk ways clean and their coops clean but I can not pick up all the rocks these mts make even though I’ve tried. I think it maybe just part of life when keeping domestic poultry.You do the best you can in caring for them and take care of these issues when they arise.

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