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!

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