Chickens in the Road Forum

A A A
Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —




— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
How do you soak the rooster's feet in epsom's salt?
July 19, 2013
9:43 pm
Avatar
chickenhead
Big Chicken
Members
Forum Posts: 34
Member Since:
April 28, 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I have a white cochin rooster who has been fighting some foot problems.  It almost seems like he has ingrown feathers on his feet.  There is alot to swelling and inflamation. I tried removing the feathers and applying antibiotic ointment.  This had minimal effect. A vet suggested that I soak his feet in epsom’s salt in hopes that it would help draw out the inflamation and help his condition.  I got a cat  litter bucket, put four inches of warm water and epsom salt in the bottom and started for the chicken house.  I got Runt and then started to think about the whole situation.  My husband was sitting on the hill getting ready to watch the show.  I gently put Runt down in the bucket and left my hand on his back.  After a minute he calmed down and began to relax.  I don’t know if I have the most tolerant rooster in the world or what, but he seemed to enjoy the soak.  I picked up the bucket with the rooster in it and put it back in the run.  I went to the garden and did some chores while Runt soaked his feet.  The crazy rooster sat in the bucket for over half an hour before he decided to get out.  The girls milled around and checked him out, he just sat in the bucket and looked around.  My beloved husband was very disappointed and decided that the rooster in a bucket was not a good show.  I like to think the  Runt understood what was happening and decided to cooperate.  His feet are looking better and I have no problems putting him in the bucket.  I never dreamed the I would be able to soak a chicken’s feet.  This was a pleasant surprise.  I think I lucked out and got this one right.  

July 19, 2013
11:15 pm
Avatar
BuckeyeGirl
N.E. Ohio
Admin
Forum Posts: 4921
Member Since:
February 10, 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

It sounds like a good deal all around, except maybe for your husband’s source of entertainment!   I don’t know if you’ve been warned about this or not, but make sure you don’t use the ‘pain relief’ type of antibiotics.  It’s not good for chickens, just thought I’d mention it just in case. 

Located in N.E. Ohio

July 20, 2013
2:12 pm
Avatar
bonita
north east IL
Super Chicken
Members
Forum Posts: 748
Member Since:
June 1, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Wonder if Runt is planning to ask for a coat of Red Door Red on his claws!

Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.

July 20, 2013
4:24 pm
Avatar
jamitysmom
Topsfield, MA
Big Chicken
Members
Forum Posts: 86
Member Since:
July 15, 2011
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I loved reading about you soaking your rooster’s feet, read it out loud to my husband.  I, too, have soaked my rooster’s feet and he loves it!  I wasn’t as smart as you though, I actually used my powder room sink…  I have a beautiful standard size rooster – he’s huge actually.  One day I went out and he was sitting on the ground.  This didn’t seem right to me – he never sits on the ground.  I watched him for a while and he was definitely staying on the ground longer than he should.  Did some research online and read about Epsom salts helping as a foot soak.  I really didn’t have a container large enough so I filled the bottom of the sink with warm water, put in some Epsom salts and headed out to get “Bob”.  As you say, at first he was a little concerned – I think it was actually concern about the dog and cat milling around more than being in the sink, lol.  He calmed down though and actually seemed to enjoy his foot soak.  It seemed to have helped a lot – I have done it another time or two, whenever he gets lame.  Not sure what’s making him lame but the soak seems to do the trick!  I think it’s funny that your roo actually stayed in the bucket on his own – I wouldn’t take my hand off my guy’s back for fear he’d be flying all over the house if I did. 

July 20, 2013
6:42 pm
Avatar
BuckeyeGirl
N.E. Ohio
Admin
Forum Posts: 4921
Member Since:
February 10, 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Are you both familiar with ‘bumble foot’?  If it’s caught very very early, soaking their feet might keep a wound on the bottom of the foot open long enough that it drains and heals properly, but if it goes on too long, you actually need to do some minor surgery, and chickens usually are ok with it, much as they are with getting their feet soaked.  (though keeping it clean and bandaged afterwards can be very tough!)

You can google it and compare pictures to see if there is a hard bump on the bottom of the feet, though if you mpoling, had your roo to a vet, I hope he/she was informed enough to check for that.  It isn’t always super serious, but it can be deadly now and then.

Located in N.E. Ohio

July 20, 2013
10:56 pm
Avatar
chickenhead
Big Chicken
Members
Forum Posts: 34
Member Since:
April 28, 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I thought it was bumblefoot at first, but I found out that some cochins have problems with the follicles on their feet.  The best way to describe it is simply an ingrown feather.  The feather, oil and wax build up under the skin in the follicle and become inflamed.  The bottoms of his feet are fine and their are no injuries.  I also had him checked for scaly leg mites and found none.  I have found a few other accounts of this on the net.  I guess this is just something that happens with cochins.  It is strange because the hens are fine and have never had any problems.  The vet’s advice is to keep a closer eye on it and soak as needed.  I have been using red coat spray to prevent infection and it has an oily base that seems to moisturize and help the skin on his legs.  

August 8, 2013
8:47 pm
Avatar
Linda Goble
Mighty Chicken
Members
Forum Posts: 180
Member Since:
October 5, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I wonder if it could be gout..  I think one of my hens might have it.. I checked for sores on the  bottom of her foot and can’t find one.  and since my hens were  being over fed.  I figured that must be it.. I do wonder how it would make her feel if I too soak her foot in the Epsom salts.

August 8, 2013
10:49 pm
Avatar
BuckeyeGirl
N.E. Ohio
Admin
Forum Posts: 4921
Member Since:
February 10, 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I’d suppose being overweight could cause stress on their jointsand I should think it wouldn’t hurt a thing to give it a try Linda.  Mostly chickens don’t mind at all a soak in water as long as it’s not too deep.

Located in N.E. Ohio

August 12, 2013
11:23 am
Avatar
Linda Goble
Mighty Chicken
Members
Forum Posts: 180
Member Since:
October 5, 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Yesterday, I soaked my Welma’s( Wel Summer) foot.. I notice a cut on it.  I don’t know if she just did it cause it didn’t look bad.  Today I called the vet and got her in.. He gave her a shot of penicillin in the foot.  If she isn’t better by Friday then I need to call and he will give her antibiotic to go in her water..  Here I thought she had gout.  Maybe she does and she just cut it…  Any ways I am starting to think I am not cut out to have chickens.  They are costing way to much money on vet bills and heartache…  So after these pass on I don’t think I am gonna get anymore..  I thought chickens were suppose to be easy…

August 12, 2013
11:42 am
Avatar
BuckeyeGirl
N.E. Ohio
Admin
Forum Posts: 4921
Member Since:
February 10, 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Well, they are easy Linda.  You can go to the feed store or the internet and get antibiotics for the water without a trip to the vet, because they’re livestock, not pets according to most standards.  You can soak their feet clean and then let them dry well in a clean dog crate, then coat the foot with ‘blue coat’ or something similar, and then put them back in the coop, or keep them separate for a few days or something of the sort… farmers don’t tend to spend a lot of money on livestock.  I’m sorry to say, and I know this won’t be too popular.  I’m not saying they shouldn’t be well cared for, but a visit to the veterinarian for my chickens is out of the question.

Located in N.E. Ohio

Forum Timezone: America/New_York

Most Users Ever Online: 205

Currently Online:
45 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Joelle: 2763

Leahld22: 2738

Ross: 2426

MaryB: 1783

JeannieB: 1500

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 15

Members: 13478

Moderators: 3

Admins: 4

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 14

Topics: 3496

Posts: 67397

Newest Members:

Carolfup, Marinawomawel, JosephDer, forallzo, relizprofi, Georgeguche

Moderators: Pete: 8497, wvhomecanner: 3159, Flatlander: 1643

Administrators: Suzanne McMinn: 7368, emiline220: 16, CindyP: 7942, BuckeyeGirl: 4921





Sign up for the Chickens in the Road Newsletter





Sections

  1. The Farmhouse Blog
  2. The Chickens in the Road Forum
  3. Farm Bell Recipes

Latest Posts on the Farmhouse Blog:

Daily Farm






If you would like to help support the overhead costs of this website, you may donate. Thank you!


Forum Buzz



Site Info

Privacy Policy, Disclosure, Disclaimer, and Terms of Use

Contact