|Tom A ||
Posted 07-05-2002 at 09:42:14
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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.