Bumblefoot! What Is It? How Do We Help Our Birds With It?

how to fix bumblefoot in chickens

If you are new to backyard chickens, one of the things you are probably hearing about for the first time is a condition called bumblefoot. If you have been a tender for awhile, you’ve probably dealt with it already. Unfortunately.
Bumblefoot can happen when a cut or scrape on your chicken’s foot gets infected. The infection can cause swelling and other nastiness and require treatment. (I’m going to do you a favor and warn you if you Google bumblefoot, there are some gross pictures out there along with the milder cases. Just a friendly heads up!) Our highlighted article today has great information on symptoms, treatment, after care, and tips for prevention.

Some pretty common symptoms of bumblefoot to be aware of include:

  • Limping or favoring a leg.
  • Decreased activity.
  • Not using a leg at all.
  • A swollen footpad or toe.
  • A sore foot or footpad.

If you notice any of the above, take a good investigative look at your girls feet.

The most common first step you’ll hear about for treatment of bumblefoot, is an Epsom salt foot soak. Lots of folks out there swear by this-especially when it’s caught early.

You know I’m all about treating as simply as possible, whenever possible, but don’t discount a trip to the vet. This foot infection can cause real problems for your bird.

Put a quick physical check on your monthly coop-to-do schedule. You’ll hopefully catch any number of things early; including bumblefoot. It’s one of the best things you can do for your flock really. After all, keeping your flock healthy means keeping them happy!

Rachel Hutchins
Rachel Hutchins
The Chicken Bawks Copyeditor. Believer. Seeker. Mom. Wife. New Grandma! Crazy Kansas City Chiefs Fan. And of course, Chicken Tender.

June 16, 2023

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