How to Wrap a Ducks Foot when It Has Bumblefoot?

If you have a pet duck, you should learn how to treat various diseases. Bumblefoot is one of them. Wrapping a duck’s foot is needed when your ducks have a bumblefoot.

So you must be wondering how to wrap a ducks foot?

To wrap the foot, first, clean the wounded place and apply antibiotics. Then wrap the area using cotton gauze rolls. Wrap it around the foot and in between the toes. Secure the wrap with layers of gauze. You can also use a veterinary wrap.

This barely covers the entire thing. Because there are some pre-care and post-care. And we’ve got it all here. 

So, let’s start!

Why Do You Need to Wrap a Duck’s foot?

Why Do You Need to Wrap a Duck's foot

Usually, wrapping a duck’s foot is necessary when it is detected with a bumblefoot. The treatment includes wrapping the foot until the wound is recovered.

So, let’s first know what a bumblefoot is.

Well, bumblefoot or pododermatitis is a bacterial infection seen in the pad or feet of your birds. It can happen to any kind of bird. Rabbits are also victims of this disease.

It spreads fast to bone tissues and muscles if not treated. It can also be a cause of death for your duck or bird.

So, you must treat it urgently as soon as you see one. Delaying the treatment can be a great risk for them.

Now, if you can detect bumblefoot early, then the treatment is very simple and easy. If detected late, it can be invasive and the treatment is also not easy.

But nothing to worry about, as you can easily treat it with proper cure and caution. To do that, you’ll have to first know how to identify a bumblefoot-

As it happens in the feet of your duck, it won’t be easily visible to you at the early stage. Also, ducks are very good at hiding pain. So, it is suggested to keep them on a regular checkup.

However, luckily,  there are some visible symptoms of bumblefoot.  They are-

  • Your duck is walking on one foot or any physical behavior 
  • Swollen feet or tissue in their legs.
  • The infected surface is filled with pus.
  • The infected area is hardened or has black scabs (indicates a critical stage) 

Note that, bumblefoot can be seen under the foot or even on top of it. It should be treated immediately. Often the wound isn’t that severe, so only applying antibiotics and wrapping can cure it.  

On the other hand, if the wound is severe, you can wrap the foot until you visit a vet. This will help to not spread the disease. 

Wrapping a Duck’s Foot

Wrapping a Duck’s Foot

Here comes the main part of this article! A detailed process of the pre-care and post-care of wrapping the duck’s foot is described here. 


First thing first, make sure your duck is in a comfortable position. It could be your lap or a place it loves. They won’t cooperate until they feel comfortable and safe.

Just remember that the duck shouldn’t be scared or in stress. Or else, it’ll be tough to wrap the foot properly. 

Whether the bumblefoot is severe or not, the foot needs to be first soaked in lukewarm water. To do that, fill a tub with water and mix some Epsom salt. You can also use iodine.

Then let your duck’s foot soak in the water for 20-30 minutes. This will help to clean the surface before wrapping and softening the wound. 


This is a crucial stage. Again, make sure your duck is in comfort. You might need a helper in this step.

Now, lay down your duck and hold the foot which is infected. Make sure the place is dry. Then apply antibiotic ointment slowly. After that, take a cotton ball and soak it with Neosporin.

Place the cotton ball in the infected area. Then start wrapping using cotton gauze rolls.

You can also use a veterinary wrap. For that, use three strips of veterinary wrap. Wrap the first two strips around the foot and between the toes.

Use the third strip to wrap over the first two to hold everything in place. Wrap it around the foot and a little up to the legs to secure it. 

You can also use more layers if you want. But don’t make it uncomfortable for your duck. Otherwise, they will try to remove it. 

Also, make sure the wrap isn’t too tight. Because otherwise, it might create discomfort for your duck. 

To know if your wrap is too tight, check your duck’s foot after some minutes. If it is cold, it indicates the wrap is too tight. So, just open the wrap and redo it.  

You can also use sports tape. It’ll help to secure the wrap and make it waterproof. Plus ducks step into their pool. So, you might need to change the wrapping very often if it’s not waterproof. 

Post care

Post care is a bit important. But first, you should re-wrap every 2-3 days. If the wrap doesn’t come out easily, soak it in water.  

If you own poultry, don’t let the infected ducks go in there until it has recovered. Because bumblefoot can spread and it can be fatal. 

Furthermore, make sure your duck doesn’t go into the water until fully recovered. This will slow the recovery and you’ll have to change the wrap every day. 

Wrapping a Duck’s Foot After Bumblefoot Surgery

If you are wrapping the place after the surgery, do the pre-care first. Your duck is already in pain, so it might take a while to cool down.  

Firstly, make sure you have clean hands and clean tools. There might be bleeding. So, let it bleed for a few seconds. 

Don’t pressurize the place so that the bleeding stops. It’ll hurt your duck.  

Then spray or apply antiseptic. Now, your duck might react to it. But don’t worry, help it to calm down and slowly do the next steps.

After that, use cotton cloth or gauze and put light pressure to stop the bleeding. Then apply the antibiotic ointment and cover with more gauze. 

Now, cover again with veterinary wrap to secure the wound. To wrap, use the technique described earlier. 

Finally, follow the post-care to take the best care of your duck!


How to make the wrap stay in my duck’s foot?

The wrap might come off if your duck moves too much. To make it stay, use layers of wrap. Also, wrap the legs too to tighten them. You can always use surgical tapes.

How do I tell if my duck’s bumblefoot has recovered or not?

When a new scab is formed, it indicates perfect recovery. If the scab is not pink, red, black you can say that it has recovered.

What are the essential oils to treat bumblefoot?

To lessen the wound you can use some essential oils. Melaleuca, Frankincense, Oregano, Helichrysum, Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Spikenard are some great choices.


To conclude, now you know how to wrap a ducks foot. Bumblefoot can happen anytime in their life. So, keep checking your duck’s feet. And treat it immediately if you find one.

That’s all for today! Hope your duck gets well soon! 

Ryan Dugan
Ryan Dugan
Ryan Dugan

Ryan Dugan is a dedicated pet care professional who offers top-notch services for a variety of pet species. He has a soft spot for my own feline companion, Sophie. He is passionate about animals He shares his knowledge and experience on his blog to help other pet owners understand and care for their own beloved companions. Whether you need a pet-sitting service or advice on pet care, He is the go-to expert.

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