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Chicken foot disease?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by peafowlmom, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. peafowlmom

    peafowlmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2011
    Summerville ,SC
    I am going to look at a friends chickens feet. I have no idea what it may be. I was told there is crusty stuff on the feet and up the leg. Does anyone know where I can look at different pictures. Myy son is going to take his iPod and take a picture and I will post as soon as we get home this afternoon. Thanks for always being here!
  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Sounds like it is scaly leg mites? Try searching for that. There are many threads on how to treat and what it looks like.
  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
  4. myfester

    myfester Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 8, 2009
    Oxford, PA
    My first thought is mites also. You can smear vasaline on his feet and legs every day. Not sure how many days you should continue it. I guess until they start looking more "normal".
  5. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2011
    Look for raised scales - sure sign of scaly leg mites.
    Cooking oil works as well as Vaseline, if you don't have any. Anything you can smear on to block the mites' breathing holes. Nappy cream has a soothing effect too xD
    Leg mites will cause pain and irritation and in very bad cases they eat away the connective tissue causing dead toes. If you don't treat it quickly, however, your chicken's scales will likely look a bit funny for the rest of its life.

    Good luck!
  6. chickenbaguette

    chickenbaguette Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2011
    Oh, I missed this out
    With thick pastes like nappy cream you only need to put it on every five days to break the reproductive cycle of the mites. Oil every two days because it goes more quickly.
    Continue it until the mites have completely gone, and then for a week or so after that. If there are any left they will just reproduce again and take over your chicken's legs again!

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