OH NO – Swans Bumble Foot Sores
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A few years ago I purchased a pair of black swans. They live on my large pond for most of the year while the water is not ice covered. They have had several families, and seem to be healthy. Recently though, a fried got a pair and noticed that his had wort-like structures on the underside of the feet. I checked my birds and they had them too. The birds showed no indication of trouble walking, swimming, or breeding. I was told it is “bumblefoot”. I’m not sure how long they’ve had them. There’s no avian expert/vet in my area. How concerned should I be? What can I do about fixing them?
Thanks in advance, Hank
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Quickly, Bumble Foot Sore are Hateful Problems.
There are so many different ways the infections can form.
They can be minor.. or VERY Painful and Life Threatening.
Some will resolve.. but, most benefit from some intervention.
If you do not have an Avian Vet.. then check with a Vet who helps Folks with House Birds.
House Bird are vulnerable to Bumble Foot Sores from Sitting on Perches.
A Vet who Cares for House Birds should be able to help..
Take some Photos if Possible to Send to the Vet..
I HATE Bumble Foot Sores..
Swans Evolved to Float or Fly.. not to Stand and Walk..
As a Result this is a very Common Problem..
Soft Walking Surfaces.. and Walk-in Walk-out Area in the Pond Banks Helps.
Any Sharp or Hard Surfaces.. or a Need to Climb to get out of the Water.. Promotes this Problem.
Hope to Chat with you Soon.. PA SwanLover Linda