Chickens will often get what is called Bumblefoot or more simply an abscess. Sometimes it is caused by a small injury to the underside of the foot or even a raw spot. Basically bacteria gets in and causes a painful infection. What you will see is what looks like a
reddish black spot and in some cases it can look like a scabby area. It can be sore to the touch and if bad enough can cause limping. If you notice your chicken is having a hard time walking look at the bottom of the feet and treat it naturally. Don’t cut into it…try to peel off the scab or cut it out. It will bleed and you will cause more pain and more problems.
So how do you treat Bumblefoot?
- Put the Homeopathic Hepar Sulph 200 CH (one pill is fine) in their water for 3 days or so as this is a fantastic remedy for abscesses such as these.
- Boil up some eggs (I do at least 6 eggs for half a dozen hens) and mix in with same amount of oatmeal. Grate in 3 cloves of garlic to this mixture, 1/4 cup of organic apple cider vinegar and 2 Tablespoons of unpasteurized sauerkraut or kefir/yoghurt or at least 50 billion probiotics. Feed for 3 days straight then every few days till it clears.
- Wrap up foot with a mixture of Calendula cream 1 TBS, 3 drops of tea tree oil, 1 TBS of coconut oil (optional) and slather on to foot. Then place cotton ball over top and wrap with with Vet Wrap cut to size to keep in place. Leave on for 24 hours and re-do wrap daily for the next 3 days or so.
That usually does the trick! If not contact me as your chicken may have more going on 🙂