How to Treat BumbleFoot
Bumblefoot is the growth and accumulation of the hard tissues in the foot that gets swollen, is inflamed and may be painful to chickens. Vets and pharma research terminologies explain technical terms and causes better, but for most of us these will only be gobbledygook and so here is how laypeople will see it and prevent it.
The Symptoms of Bumblefoot
An abscess forms in the sole of the foot of the chicken and often these are overlooked as bumble foot in chicken looks very much like calluses. The foot of the chicken is swollen and often hard tissues build up. Then the chicken starts to limp, where in more serious cases there is blood in the footprints. Bumble foot in chicken could deform the foot severely but when detected early treatments are easier.
The Causes of Bumblefoot
Perches -Bumble foot starts with a bruise in the foot that results later to small wounds that are infected. These are due to the habit of chickens to perch anywhere and everywhere that suits them. Perching in very narrow wires, runs on floors made of wires and perching on narrow edges and sharp corners causes bumble foot. Another usual cause is jumping from too high perches and landing hard.
Improper Nutrition -Bumble foot is also likely to occur when there is insufficient Vitamin A in the system. Seeds, a chicken favorite are low in vitamin A. The vitamin promotes increases resistance to parasite infection aside from promoting digestion and appetite. An obvious sign that the chicken lacks vitamin A is when the plumage lacks the usual luster, is pale, and is rough. There is also the lack of color intensity in the cere and there is yellowish and scaly accumulation on the beak.
Infections – The little wounds and lacerations on the soles of the foot, is a good breeding ground for parasites and bacteria that when align untreated will eat the bone, become acute and endanger the life of the chicken.
Prevention – Provide good perching areas inside the coop and replace the chicken run made of wires. Provide the perimeter where the chickens are kept with perches with varying circumferences.
Chicken will eat just about anything and so they respond will with vitamin supplementation. Provide food that is rich in Vitamin A. Carrot for one is a very good source that the chicken likes. Greens are also good sources of the vitamins and so are pumpkins and potatoes. Throw in vegetable and fruit peels, as chicken loves this. It has been shown time and again that once the vitamin deficiency is resolved, bumblefoot heals.
Treatments for Bumblefoot
The Treatments – Antibiotics cures bumble foot. When the infection is not severe, the method is to clean the foot first in warm water for ten minutes before applying the ointment or the antibiotic. If the bumblefoot is severe, soak the foot in warm water for ten minutes, use a sharp knife, remove the scabs working around it removing the scabs and puss until you have a clean area, apply the ointment or the antibiotic, bandage the foot or use a vet wrap and repeat the process every day until the bumble foot is healed.