Bumble Foot

Does your hen look as if she is wearing over-large carpet slippers? If so she might have Bumble foot.

Bumble foot normally starts out with a small hard black spot or raised rough patch on the bottom of the foot. In extreme cases all the toes and even the lower part of the leg can blow up like a balloon. The cause is usually a small puncture wound or cut from the rough edge of a perch or an accidental landing on a sharp stone.

The condition doesn’t seem to be painful but this can vary from hen to hen with some hens going lame. The tissue becomes inflamed, pockets of hard pus build up and often the only way to resolve the condition is with surgery. Some hens can improve with antibiotic therapy and soaking the feet in Epsom Salts. Exercise will also help.

Visit our Hen Health pages for more advice, view our Hen Examination Guidelines or click here to find your nearest Hen Friendly Vet.

If you would like to ask a hen health question please email our Hen Helpline at henhelpline@bhwt.co.uk or call Hen Central on 01884 860084. To support our Hen Helpline we ask for a nominal donation to help fund this service, so that we can continue to help your hens.

If you’d like advice on your hen’s health, why not visit our Hen Health page, where we discuss important things to look for in your hen’s health, whether its personality or physical symptoms. Or, head to our Hen Examination Guidelines where we can show you where to find things like the crop or the wattle.

If you need to seek medical advice, click here to find your nearest Hen Friendly Vet.
You can also call Hen Central on 01884 860084 to speak to one of our rehoming assistants.

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