Guinea fowl can get bumblefoot. This is when a hard lump forms underneath the foot usually where a small wound has been.
The lump is formed when the infection is still there. Usually you will ntoice the guinea fowl limping before you see the lump.
If the infection is still active the foot will feel hot and swollen and can be treated with an antibiotic treatment.
If the lump is near the surface then you may want to lance the bump and squeeze out the pus and then treat with a veterinary spray.
If you do lance the lump then you may wish to keep the bird away from the other birds as the others will sometimes pick at the wound.
Causes of bumblefoot include:
- Injury to foot and then becomes infected.
- Inappropriate perches.
- Poor hygiene.
- Poor nutrition.
- Obesity and inactivity.
One of my guinea fowl recently had bumblefoot. I initially saw that she was limping and then a few days later she had a lump on her foot. I sprayed her foot with an antiseptic spray and the swelling is going down. Guinea fowl can run quickly and fly away if they get frightened. Luckily I managed to steer my guinea fowl into a carrying cage where I was able to spray her foot and not just the air around the guinea fowl!
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