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Leg Scales - do they 'molt' or 'shed'...do they get 'replaced' annually or periodically like feathers do?

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Thread Starter 

Figured this was the best forum to post this in.

 

Not talking about scaly leg mites here, but healthy 'normal' leg scales.....

.....wonders do they 'molt' or 'shed'...do they get 'replaced' annually, or periodically, like feathers do?

 

I've searched for this and not found an answer and in all my copious reading have not seen anything about it...

.....so thought I'd start a thread to see what it gleans.

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #2 of 4

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks to sunflour, quoted from another thread:

 

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Originally Posted by sunflour View Post
 
 

It's hard to find references, but here's one with the following comment:  http://www.ruleworks.co.uk/poultry/poultry-age.asp

 

"Also, the scales on older birds will tend to look rougher, particulary at the joints between the toes and the foot.

A new set of scales grows every year and, if the previous set is not completely shed, the build-up leads to roughness."

 

 

Others references I have found have too many "cookies" on site to drop on you.

 

 

But it makes sense that one set could not last a chicken or other bird their whole life.  

 

Reptiles scale shedding is easy to research and find.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply
post #4 of 4

Here's an old brief thread, no references but a confirmation:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/703635/shedding-of-leg-scales

Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

Don't be Chicken, Even a Cat Can Bake a Gingerbread House

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Attention:  loads of contests to enter, pick your favorites and join the fun: post #1

 

 

Raising Hens in Georgia!  Limited experience, but a lot of opinions.  

Reintegrating a Recovered Hen to a Small Flock:

Don't be Chicken, Even a Cat Can Bake a Gingerbread House

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