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Posted by Tom A on January 09, 2004 at 04:25:05 from (220.127.116.11):
In Reply to: chicken posted by todd on January 08, 2004 at 18:52:44:
As I mentioned down below to Dion, I think bumblefoot may be a likely cause for you, too, since it is more than one chicken affected at the same time. Check bottoms of feet for swollen, blackish sores/scabs. I've had a few cases over the years and that's one of the first things I look for if one is limping.
*If* so, you need to clean and disinfect their roost to keep it from spreading, and then treat the ones showing signs of it. We clean out the open wounds daily for a few days, disinfect with something like betadine, wrap carefully with gauze and thin strips of vet wrap and inject penicillin daily for several days. Our chickens are all pretty docile and used to handling, not sure all this is possible with birds that are on the wild side but that's what our vet showed us to do years ago and it works.
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