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.
An 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, where in 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 causes bumble feet. Another usual cause is jumping from too high
perches and landing hard.
Improper Nutrition -Bumble feet 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 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
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.