Bumblefoot In Guinea Fowl

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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2 thoughts on “Bumblefoot In Guinea Fowl

  1. Hi Sandy,
    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends website. I am sorry to hear about your guinea fowl with the swollen legs. I would be happy to take a look at some photos to see what I think, although I am not a vet so could only give my opinion. But I am happy to help. I like you would want to try to treat the guinea fowl before opting for the vets suggestion.
    I will email you so that you can send the photos.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  2. I livein kenya andI recently acquired3 Guinea Fowl. I keep them in a large pen up country.The last timeI visited, Isaw the female hadswollen legs. I am not sure if my Guinea Fowl has BumbleFoot or Scaly Leg. I have photograps of herlegs andwonder ifI sentthemto you, would you be abletoclarify which disease she has? Our Vet said I should slit her throat but Iamloathe to without trying to cure her first. I didgive her a course of antibiotics in the drinking water. Iwill return this week-end and would like to know before goingwhich disease she has.
    Thank you forany assistanceyou can give me..

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