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Rooster with bad feet - what to do?

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Our new flock is 20 weeks old today. One of the roosters (BCM) has always had crooked toes. I did a little research a while ago and found that this is usually an incubation issue - too crowded.
But recently his feet have been looking inflamed or irritated in a way (see photo). They seem just about to crack and bleed, and you can tell he's beginning to have a hard time walking. Maybe y'all could shed some light on this issue for us?
If it's some kind of genetic disease I certainly do not want it being passed on and have no problem with butchering him .... but if it's not, how can we help him?
Thank you!
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Looks like it could be the beginnings of scaly leg mites. Here's an article on treating: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/scaly-leg-mites-in-chickens.html

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Looks like it could be the beginnings of scaly leg mites. Here's an article on treating: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/scaly-leg-mites-in-chickens.html

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post #4 of 5

Red skin between toes and on legs can be normal in fertile chickens. I would make some changes in the walking area, since sharp rocks can cause bumblefoot. Mulch or pine shavings would be softer on the feet. Look for any sores on the footpads, and prevent wet areas. 

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It does not seem like scaly leg mites but I will certainly keep it in mind, thank you!
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