geez scary photo. Bumblefoot is supposed to be pretty easy to deal with in the early stages, just a quick scout round for the cause and maybe apply some kind of wound gel. Or preperation H is supposed to work, a couple of times a week only as it thins the skin. Dusk had a sore-looking patch on her foot, I disinfected the perches and applied F10 barrier cream a few times and it was fine. But she does love washing her feet and then playing in the sand, which I think was part of the problem lol. We have a redtail that has had bumblefoot since chickhood (is it chickhood? What a weird word lol), as she was kept in a small, dirty cage. It still hasn't gone away, although it's diminished somewhat. We have to keep putting cream on the foot. But it's really lucky that it's gone down, I reckon RTs are really hardy birds. We've had a few harrises that had it so bad that they had to have pads on their feet, but they didn't understand why and got really upset so they had to be put down. Shame really, cos wild birds hardly ever get it.
Sorry about my absence on the forum im sure I wasnt missed too much Anyway here's whats new.
I was recently recruited to take care of an Adult RT for Rehab purposes by my Permited neighbors. They thought it was just a starving case but after taking a good look at the feet it looks to me like this isnt going to be an easy task.
It looks like it has Bumblefoot on both feet. They're swolen and Amazingly this " Wild Adult bird" is incredibly tame. For this picture I walked up behind it slowly grabbed it and it never winced. It appears to be alert, and somewhat healthy despite almost starving to death. ( This is the second day i've had it)
4 of its Deck feathers are broken and its primarys although still working look battered as if it has been kept in a small area where it constantly hits its wings. Im going to have to say some yahoo nearby thought it be cool to have a pet RT for a year... and recently decided to release it.
It came into the care of the rehabbers STARVING.. However, one thing that throws off my theory of it being someones pet is its covered in mites. If it hasnt been catching food.. how did it get the mites? What do you think?
trimming back talons on mild to severe cases of bumblefoot or other sole of foot problems is normal (dont panic they grow back) but it does stop further aggrevasion from the tip of the talon against the sole of the foot . as for cure's / remedy's or treatments i recover the perch /bow with memory foam , its warm so it promotes blood flow and is fully supportive of the foot . i use a 50/50 mix of warm water and tea tree oil and wash feet regulary then use human pile cream on the feet its safe for birds and a fraction of the cost for the same thing from the vet ,its antisceptic and a anti inflamortry. after a few days your see quite a difference and can relive the need for operations