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September 2012 Vol. 2

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September 2012
Vol. 2

Emily : Hi, I love this newsletter and all the helpful information it contains. I have seven chickens (all hens) and I never thought I could love them so much. We got them when we had decided to become more self sufficient and have been able to keep them healthy and happy thus far. A week ago I noticed one of my girls feet was swollen and upon examining it closer noticed a black scab. I thought I had researched enough to know what to look for if my girls ever got sick, sadly I had heard nothing of Bumblefoot. I thought that it would be easy enough to remove the scab and put some antibiotic ointment in it and wrap it up (before learning it was bumblefoot). I carefully removed the scab and to my devastation a huge white chunk came out with it. Trying to keep my days food in my stomach I wrapped it and headed for the internet. I thought maybe a cyst or something. I learned it was Bumblefoot and she probably needed surgery or a vet visit to make sure it was all out. Many calls later I learned no vets in my area took chickens. OH NO!!! This meant I had to do it myself, with a queezy stomach I researched how to remove this infection and also learned that it is very spreadable. I inspected the rest of my girls feet and to my dismay four others had it also. I went and bought the necessary supplies watched a very helpful bumblefoot surgery on youtube five times and decided I had to do this to save them.


I put my big girl pants on and with success managed five surgeries all came out great. Some were worse than others but a week later most are healing great, two I have had to pull more infection out of but it seems to be going away. I have packed their wounds with Neosporin with pain reliever and change their wraps every other day.


I write this hoping to help someone else before its too late with this. I had no idea and it was quite traumatic for me and my chickens going through this. I will regularly check their feet for signs of this and will be better prepared next time. Thanks again for the time you spend on this Newsletter and I hope this helps someone. Emily Stephens Willard, Utah

 

 

 

 

There is a bit on the blog about treating Bumblefoot which may help here :

http://successwithpoultry.blogspot.co.uk/2009/09/bumblefoot-chicken.html


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Keeping Chickens Newsletter - Published September 2012 by www.Self-Sufficient-Life.com