Gail Damerow Discusses Bumblefoot in Chickens and Ducks

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Bumblefoot is a fairly common condition causing lameness in chickens, ducks, and other birds. Continuing our interview series with poultry expert and best-selling author, Gail Damerow, we ask her for details about bumblefoot. 

What is bumblefoot?

Bumblefoot refers to an abscess in a bird’s foot pad. The abscess becomes hard and swollen, causing pain. As a result, the bird limps. A chicken or duck with an abscess in both feet is in bad shape.

Veterinarians call the condition pododermatitis. “Podo” refers to the foot, and “dermatitis’” is a skin inflammation.