Bumblefoot and Lily’s Blue Shoes

One of our hens has been lying down a lot more than usual during the day, prompting us to check her feet. We discovered this morning that both feet had brown scabs in the middle of each foot pad. This, along with swelling between the toes, are classic symptoms of bumblefoot. Naturally, this was the reason for her being reluctant to stand for long periods of time. It’s such a shame, Lily does not have the prettiest hen feet in town, some of her claws are missing (presumably due to the wire cage floor she endured whilst in the battery farm) and now she has bumblefoot to contend with.

Lily was seen by a vet this morning who specialises in farm animals. She was admitted to have both bumbles removed, the vet agreed that the cause was most probably from being on wire previously. We were terribly worried about her having gas as birds can easily slip away whist under. Lily is now home and doing very well considering. Fingers crossed she continues to improve, its been a worrying day.

Both her feet are in dressings now and these need to stay in place for the next few days to give her feet a chance to heal without getting dirty, mammoth task really as those who keep hens will realise.

Rose our resident clown hen never fails to make us laugh. On our return from the vets Rose noticed Lily’s blue shoes, she lifted both her feet to see if she had some on too (which of course she does not) then proceeded to protest very loudly.


5 thoughts on “Bumblefoot and Lily’s Blue Shoes

  1. Oooh poor Lily!…It happens though…..

    I will be interested to see just how you keep those dressing clean and dry , though…(!)

    But well done for spotting it and taking quick action…Lily is a lucky Hen……………


  2. Thankyou Compostwoman. Lily’s dressings come off today and then I will bathe her wounds with some antiseptic solution the vet gave me. Hopefully her feet look and feel better than they did before…..


  3. Have you thought of using Lavender Essential Oil in bathing water? I have successfully used it on wounds in the past and it IS a major component of barrier products ( Red Mite/Louse powder..) so must be ok for hens!

    Having said that, I have also put a good dusting of the louse powder for that very reason on wounds..the carrier is cornstarch so no problems there either…and powder tends to stick a bit better..

    Glad she is better, anyway !


  4. Barrier louse powder…thats a good idea for helping to keep her feet dry, almost like a chicken talcum powder! Im not to get her feet wet at the moment as her stitches will disolve too quickly otherwise.


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