Hi Dr Bob
Thanks for your reply. She's eating and drinking normally and still somehow gets up her ramp to the coop each night, but she sits down most of the day on the grass or in the soil instead of her usual walkabouts . She is still laying and her foot was checked over last time by the vet (with no chicken experience) with no visible signs of anything of concern. She does additionally have a red chest though where feathers are missing. Hope this helps.
Thank you. I'll get some aspirin as I went through 4bottles of Metacam last time and still took ages after that. I've just checked her foot again. Last time this happened a couple of months ago, there was no redness or swelling/Bumblefoot which I'd googled, but I've just looked again now and there does seem to be some redness this time though no obvious swelling or scab. Is there anything you can suggest at this stage?
Do you think the redness on her chest and missing feathers could be down to a tumour/infection in this area. I mentioned this last time at the vets with no answers?!
Hello again, Nicola. Again, I apologize for the delay, I'm in the middle of a very busy clinic day here.
I would suggest keeping a close eye on the foot to be sure swelling or further progression of the lesion doesn't occur. Bactroban (mupirocin) is something that could be topically applied, eliminating the need to discard her eggs, as you would have to if using a systemic antibiotic. Bactroban is also effective against many of the antibiotic resistant staph seen these days. Your veterinarian should be able to prescribe this product for her (it may be called Bactrovet). I suspect the redness and missing feathers on her chest are due to abrasion from steps, roosting bar or other obstacles she must cross to get where she wants to go. Heavy bodied birds are prone to breast blisters and abrasions of this area because their legs are not as strong as they should be compared to their weight. When one leg is not being used the situation is aggravated, and abrasions, feather loss and bruising can occur easily. At her age a tumor would be unusual, but infection can set in secondary to the trauma I've described. The Bactroban would be helpful there too, if an infection is present. Use it for two days after everything looks normal, however long that may be, usually 7 to 10 days. Hopefully, the aspirin and Bactroban will resolve the problem, and she'll be her old self in a few days, but if you still have more questions, please let me know, I'll be more than happy to answer them for you. Kind regards, ***** *****
Thanks for all your advice and just one more question before I finish. I'm not sure now about Mildred's last lay of an egg. If this is the problem, what do you suggest? I am struggling to get the aspirin down her and even tried soaking bread into it this morning so will probably go for the whole tablet in a litre of water. I presume the aspirin won't do any harm to my 2 other well chickens and that we can still eat the eggs?
Thank you ;)