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#86921 - 03/22/07 10:45 PM Bumblefoot
Diana Jean Offline
Chicken

Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 115
Loc: California
Hi,
We have a rooster with Bumblefoot. He was given to us, and I noticed immediately that he was favoring a foot, and over time it has gotten worse.
I did the "search" thing, and know that I should remove the callus. I've been running water on his feet every day, and putting stuff on to soften up the callus, but it's very attached to his foot. And, yes, I'm a woos :rolleyes: , and havent' gotten up the whatever it takes to pull the thing off. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks,
DJ

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#86922 - 03/23/07 03:45 AM Re: Bumblefoot
Jocelyn Offline
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Registered: 08/26/02
Posts: 1467
Loc: Canada
Can you fill a large can with pleasantly hot water and soak his foot 2 or 3 times a day? Chickens have long skinny toes/feet and the heat will probably penetrate enough. Since he's had it some time, it will be filled with solid pus...avian pus is a solid, not a liquid. Solid pus may never drain and may need to be resorbed...which takes months. There may be scar tissue which will produce stiffness. If it hasn't progressed up his leg and he's had it a while, his immune system is probably enough to deal with it without opening it up. if the callus is lumpy and has black areas, you could get some footrot stuff at the feed mill and paint that on once a day...formaldehyde diluted one to four with water used to be the drug of choice, but now they sell a copper based preparation that is less toxic...see what you can get.

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#86923 - 03/23/07 06:02 AM Re: Bumblefoot
Susie Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 1902
Loc: Arkansas
I'd try the soak too. Pick up a bag of epsom salts from the drug store (cheap) and add some to the soak water. That should also help loosen things up a lot.

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#86924 - 03/23/07 06:17 PM Re: Bumblefoot
Diana Jean Offline
Chicken

Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 115
Loc: California
Jocelyn and Susie,
Thanks for the reply.
I will try to soak his foot as many times a day as I can. The callus is very hard and smooth -- and very well attached! It looks like the infection is working it's way up his foot now, but am certainly going to soak as much as possible now. Will try the Epsom Salts as well as seeing what our local feedstore has to offer. Thanks again,
DJ

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#86925 - 03/23/07 09:03 PM Re: Bumblefoot
Susie Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 1902
Loc: Arkansas
Is his ankle swollen?

One time I treated bumblefoot with injectible antibiotics. Usually I haven't had to do that, but this one hen had a swollen ankle, so I knew the infection was really taking over by the time I found it. I used injectible Pen-G, which I bought at a ranch supply.

I know those spots can be really attached and they don't really like you picking it off, but I think it's the only way to go.

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#86926 - 03/25/07 01:45 PM Re: Bumblefoot
Boobear7 Offline
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Registered: 06/26/05
Posts: 370
Loc: North Carolina
I pull the 'plug' out then give a little injection of Penicillian right into the foot, then I wrap it up making sure to give the pad of the foot some extra cushion. A few of my hens have had it and both of my roosters have. Doing it that way has worked well for me.
Its definately not an easy thing to do, and it doesn't help that they don't care for the treatment much either smile No matter what you do, you have to do something or you run the risk of the infection killing them.
Best of luck!!

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#86927 - 03/26/07 02:07 AM Re: Bumblefoot
Diana Jean Offline
Chicken

Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 115
Loc: California
Thanks Susie and boobear7,
I soaked his foot today, but it's not looking good. I think I'll call around for the Pen-G. His ankle is swollen now, and the callus is really stuck on there -- I know, I'm a major woos! Thanks for the great replies.
DJ

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#86928 - 03/26/07 05:37 AM Re: Bumblefoot
Susie Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 1902
Loc: Arkansas
You're not being a woos! I've done it a few times and I cringe just thinking about it.

I do want to mention that bumblefoot is usually a staph infection, so protect yourself when you open up that foot of his. I like to wear rubber surgical gloves and then scrub like mad, just in case. LOL!

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#86929 - 03/27/07 07:28 AM Re: Bumblefoot
Starbucks Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
Posts: 173
Loc: New Hampshire
Susie
We have had a couple of cases of bumblefoot here. I was able to treat a hen with pulling the plug out and soaking the foot for quite sometime. Antibiotic ointment in the hole and wrapping up the foot to keep it clean. The rooster was different. He did not appreciate the spa treatment on his feet. We did the same for him soak, ointment, wrap. But also add Pen-G for a week. Our vet advised the dosage, Pen-G we got at Feed Store and syringes at our local Pharmacy for free. Hope this help.

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#86930 - 03/27/07 08:49 AM Re: Bumblefoot
Rack Offline
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Registered: 08/11/04
Posts: 384
Loc: Virginia
Yep, I agree with Starbucks. I had to pull out the plug and filled it with antibiotic ointment then wrapped it up and kept it clean. An antibiotic shot would probably be necessary.

Once healed watch her carefully since mine came back again and had to redo.

Haven't seen since. Been a year or two since then.

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