Bumblefoot is also known as “plantar pododermatitis” and is an infection found on the bottom of the feet of chickens and other poultry, which is typically identified by swelling and a dark scab, and/or  limping in more advanced cases. Left untreated, it can be fatal. 

This first photo illustrates a slightly more advanced case of bumblefoot than the photo below it. Note the redness, swelling and tell-tale scabs. This hen was not limping yet.
Bumblefoot Scab 

Bumblefoot Scabs 

This is Phoebe, she's my bantam, Cochin Frizzle. As if it weren't enough to suffer the indignity of this horrific molt last year, she had
to endure bumblefoot surgery on top of it! All of the surgical photos below are of Phoebe's procedure.

Bumblefoot Bantam Cochin Frizzle

We caught Phoebe's infection early. Note the swelling and redness in this first photo, but lack of a distinct, black scab in the photo
below it:
Bumblefoot Foot Side View 

Kathy Mormino
6/27/2012 2:03:42 AM

LOL Mary. Best wishes with your bee adventures!

Kathy Mormino
6/27/2012 2:03:11 AM

Thank you Michelle!

Kathy Mormino
6/27/2012 2:03:02 AM

Thanks for the reminder, Julie. I would not have thought that quail would be prone to it given their virtual weightlessness. I'll keep an eye on them!

Kathy Mormino
6/27/2012 2:00:56 AM

Who can blame him?

Kathy Mormino
6/27/2012 2:00:39 AM

It's definitely much easier to do with a partner, trust me!

Kathy Mormino
6/27/2012 2:00:08 AM

Thanks so much Patricia. Happy to help!

Kathy Mormino
6/27/2012 1:59:47 AM

My pleasure, Christine. And thank you!

Kathy Mormino
6/27/2012 1:59:25 AM

It is pretty yucky stuff, Marissa but most of us don't have a vet in our area that sees chickens. :(

Kathy Mormino
6/27/2012 1:58:11 AM

Thank you Terri!

Mary South
6/21/2012 11:00:26 PM

Kathy-Today's book giveaway would be perfect for me. The I can go from being a "BEE HAVER" to a "BEE KEEPER" :) I plan to take over working my partners hives soon. Thanks so much for the great blog!

Michelle Coon
6/21/2012 9:45:28 PM

I Love all this information!

Julie Hunt Connel
6/21/2012 8:33:02 PM

I know you have recently got some quail; keep an eye on them too. I've had several get it.

6/21/2012 7:41:38 PM

This is a great informative article! I have done this myself to a few chickens and ironically used bright pink vet wrap without to much issue on them! My big dark brahma rooster was a tad indignant about it for awhile!

Debbie Lynn
6/21/2012 7:41:18 PM

This is great info, but I don't know if I could do it myself. I am hoping my chickens never get bumblefoot! Also, thanks for the giveaway, I would love one of the books!

6/21/2012 7:22:14 PM

Great information! My sister was telling me that she had a chicken with something wrong with her foot, so I referred her to your blog. I love how you have pictures that go with each step so that the viewer can see exactly what you are talking about! Thanks Kathy!

6/21/2012 7:16:35 PM

I'm so glad that I've seen this (again, yuck) but the information and especially the pictures are such great information and easy to follow instructions for any level of chicken keeper. While I hope I dont' have to do anything like this, I will update my first aid kit with some of the product listed here. Thanks Kathy!

Marissa Carabin
6/21/2012 7:13:32 PM

Oh man, that looks scary! Great instructions though. I do think I'll start looking into making a Chicken First Aid Kit though!

Terri Barnes
6/21/2012 7:11:38 PM

The Chicken Chick has the best blog ever! I just bought all the supplies to make the PVC Chicken Feeder. And as a beekeeper I would LOVE to win the Grit's Backyard Bees & Honey Book!

Kathy Mormino
6/21/2012 6:15:58 PM

Thanks Bonnie. Me too. :)

Bonnie Czech
6/21/2012 3:09:56 PM

Great article, hope I never have to use this though!

Kathy Mormino
6/21/2012 12:41:18 PM

You're welcome and I understand completely. It's definitely no fun.

Kathy Mormino
6/21/2012 12:40:48 PM

My pleasure Mary. Thank you!

Kathy Mormino
6/21/2012 12:40:25 PM

My pleasure Dawn. Welcome to chicken-keeping!

Kathy Mormino
6/21/2012 12:39:47 PM

Thanks Melissa. My husband always helps me with bumblefoot surgery!

Kathy Mormino
6/21/2012 12:38:38 PM

Thank you Makenna! ☺

Kathy Mormino
6/21/2012 12:38:07 PM

Thanks Jen. Wow, what a coincidence!

Anne-Elizabeth Powell
6/21/2012 5:04:50 AM

Thanks for the step-by-step guide! Seriously hoping I never, EVER have to use it, but nice to know it is there!

6/21/2012 4:08:04 AM

What an excellent kit to have on hand for emergencies! The photos that you provided show every detail of the procedure as well. Many thanks :)

Dawn Shandera
6/21/2012 3:22:26 AM

It is SO nice to have step by step info on this as I am new and NEED as much info as I can get thanks a ton!!!

Melissa Hovinga
6/21/2012 3:17:27 AM

Great information that I really hope I'll never need! Thank God my husband can do what I can't! Thanks so much!

Makenna Vanegas
6/21/2012 3:00:22 AM

As always, another SPECTACULAR article done by The Chicken Chick. ~Makenna V.

Jenn Nashoba
6/21/2012 2:15:39 AM

Great article! In fact, I had to do this today on my blind Easter Egger, Lulu! VERY timely!! Thank you! Jenn

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