Mabel AND Betty have, what looks to be the early stages of bumble foot. I'm devastated. There are many horror stories of how to deal with it yourself on the net, none of which I fancy undertaking, so I'm off to the vets tomorrow to see what they have to say. Obviously if it comes to the crunch, then I will do what I have to but I won't be looking forward to it!
Bet has been a little off colour of late, I had thought it was due to her early moult but then I noticed that Lucy was attacking Mabel's head. Mabel is at the top of the pecking order and Lucy at the bottom, so I knew something was a foot but I didn't think it would be literally!
I had a quick check of Mabel, as chickens will attack sick of injured flock mates. She was a little bit not herself as she has just been broody but otherwise she seemed to be in good health. I was puzzled somewhat until I noticed her slightly limping and checked her feet.
|Mabel's bumble foot. Notice the tell tale black 'plug' on the pad of her foot.|
(Excuse Mabel's soggy undercarriage. She'd been cooling off in a bath, it's very hot in the UK at the moment!)
Bumble foot, on BOTH feet! When I checked the others I found out Betty has it also, again on both feet.
I have no idea what could have caused it. Rough perches, impact damage from jumping from high places (unlikely with these two) hurting their feet on something sharp or rough. None of these issues spring to mind, the perches are smooth, they don't leave the ground hardly at all, the garden is safe and well tended for the girls. Both feet, on both of them, I mean it's not like it's catching. I am at a loss.
I will keep you updated on their hopefully non-invasive treatment and progress x