Hi, I'm hoping for some help diagnosing this rooster's feet, I'm new to chicken keeping and have never had a rooster. I'm also new to BYC, so apologies if I'm posting this in the wrong place!
We got this rooster under odd circumstances, my partner and I have just started a small scale farm, and a day ago we got a call from the factory across the road saying a rooster had gotten into the factory on one of their delivery trucks and was running around amongst all the machinery. We went over and caught him, and are hoping to hang onto him as he's gorgeous and we'd love to give him a good home.
But his feet look bizarre, they're really thick, chunky, and bumpy. He also seems to have some raw/pink skin under and around his leg feathers and some missing feathers on his stomach. I think it's scaley leg mites, but would love some other opinions/confirmation. I also have no idea what a rooster's feet should look like, is it normal for them to have massive fat feet compared to hens??
Running off the assumption that it's scaley leg mites, we've already treated him with a foot scrub, a rinse in water with apple cider vinegar, and covered his feet in cottonseed oil and then Vaseline. While giving him the scrub, bits of old/soft skin came off his feet. He's also in quarantine away from our main flock.
Any advice would be very very much appreciated, if he's sick I really want to help him get on the mend (and also want to protect my current chooks from any issues)!
Thanks in advance!
Ps The severity of his legs plus his super long spurs make me think he hasn't been anyone's pet for a while, which is why we haven't really looked into finding out if he has an owner (plus the guys at the factory said he came in from a city quite a while away).
Just a note about the pics - His feet look a bit black in the photos, but I think that's actually just because dirt is sticking to the Vaseline, his feet are actually yellow and pink. Also his feathers are a bit oily from the treatment! I was also in a rush to get the photos up, so took them at night, but can take better ones during the day if it would help.