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Rooster with inflamed joints

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Hi, I hope someone can help me. I have a stunning lemon Orpington rooster. He's a super chicken but has developed what must be painful inflamed leg joints. I've treated him with vaseline for scaly foot but the joints are still terrible. I'd be very grateful for any input. Also, has anyone got any good ideas for getting vaseline out of feathers? Ironic I know. Many thanks
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Welcome to BYC. Some people use castor oil to rub into the scales of chickens with leg mites, since it is less messy, cheap, and needs reapplying less often. As for the joint swelling, that can be a sign of bacterial or viral arthritis. One common one is mycoplasma synovitis (MS,) which is a contagious chronic respiratory disease that affects the joints. Sometimes they will have a yellowish exudate at the joint. A vet could test for MS. It is treated with Tylan, Oxytetracycline, or Baytril. Here is some information to read:


Infectious synovitis (Mycoplasma synoviae), chicken  Mycoplasma synoviae (infectious synovitis), chickens

yellow exudate in joint       swollen feet and legs of MS

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