Dani Oh, here my dear reader, and today I want to tell you about chicken bumble foot.
Bumble foot 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 cause better, but for most of us, these will only be gobbledygook and so here is how laypeople will see it and prevent it.
The Abscess forms in the sole of the feet 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, wherein more serious cases there is blood in the footprints.
Bumble foot in chicken could deform the feet severely but when detected early treatments are easier.
Perches -Bumble feet starts with a bruise in the feet 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 cause bumble feet.
Another usual cause is jumping from too high perches and landing hard.
Improper Nutrition -Bumble feet are 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 colour 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 feet, is a good breeding ground for parasites and bacteria that when left 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.
The 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, bumble feet heals.
The Treatments – Antibiotics cures bumble foot:
When the infection is not severe, the method is to clean the feet first in warm water for ten minutes before applying the ointment or the antibiotic.
If the bumble feet is severe, soak the feet in warm water for ten minutes, use a sharp knife, remove the scabs working around it removing the scabs the puss until you are left with a clean hole, apply the ointment or the antibiotic, bandage the foot or use a vet rap and repeat the process every day until the bumble foot is healed.
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