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Swollen chicken feet
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Lori Brown    Posted 07-05-2002 at 08:58:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My chicken is having problems with the balls of it feet. They are so swollen it can hardly walk, at closer examination I see that on the bottom of it's feet it has a pebble like protrusion. I tried to see if it would come off but it seems to hurt it. Does anyone know what it maybe? The brown pebble like matter is on the bottom of each foot near the center. Please help!
Thank You.


sherry b    Posted 06-25-2006 at 18:15:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have approx. 5-6 out of 25 chickens that have a marble sized area between their toes and some seem to have it under the balls of their feet. I have sprayed the pen with clorox and started them on terramycin. I tried to stick a pin in one but I only got a little blood. It appears to have pus in them to me. Any suggestions? I also have some new chicks that are about ready to add to the pen. Should I wait?


Tom A    Posted 07-05-2002 at 09:42:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lori:

Sounds like bumblefoot to me, although I could certainly be wrong. We had a case of it a few years back, and were lucky to find a vet willing to try treating it (our chickens are/were sort of pets). She opened the sores, cleaned them thoroughly, and injects antibiotic daily for about 3 days as I recall. We then had to follow up soaking the hen's feet twice a day in a betadine solution, and kept it wrapped with gauze and vet wrap til it healed...I think a week or so.

Our vet sort of took it on as a research project, I guess; we had called about 4 other vets before her and they were all unwilling to look at/treat a chicken, so if you really want to fix her it may take some time to get help. I don't think I'd tackle it myself without the vet.

As I recall, bumblefoot is a bacterial infection. Those big bumps are full of pus, and they ooze and contanimate the coop; if another chicken gets a cut on its feet, it may get infected too. To avoid it in the future, and to keep the rest of the flock from getting it you should clean and disinfect the roost (chlorox works ok) and then let it dry very well before letting them on it again. Then keep the roost clean as you can.

good luck,
Tom


Burrhead    Posted 07-05-2002 at 19:59:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
yep Tom has it.

You can slit the knot with a razorblade and it works good to drain it.

These rooster fighters round here build a cage just big enough for a rectangle cake pan to fit. Then they put the betadine in it and make the roosters stand in the medicine for 2-3 days.

All they do is change the water morning and night to keep it 1/2 way clean.


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