I noticed a swelling on one of Leah’s feet, and chicken-researcher that I am, I was very suspicious of bumblefoot, an infection that is common to chickens and other poultry. First step, after a closer inspection when I discovered both feet had a problem, was a nice foot soak in warm water with Epsom salts. Leah enjoyed her foot spa time.
After the soak, Leah’s feet were sparkling clean and the scabs were soft. She settled down on Man’s lap while I used a scapel to remove the scabs. No pictures of that process because some people are squeamish (I don’t mean you), but I will tell you she fell asleep in the middle of it. I guess a nap is to be expected after a relaxing spa time, especially while being gently held by a Trusted Man and quiet music is playing in the background.
The wound was cleansed with povidone-iodine, treated with triple antibiotic ointment, and covered with a nonstick gauze pad. You may not be able to see the wrap that is holding the gauze pad in place.
And there she is! All done, and out free-ranging! We’ll check her feet every few days and change her dressings after she has a little spa session.