Chicken has huge, weird growth on foot (mites?)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CityBumpkin, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. CityBumpkin

    CityBumpkin Out Of The Brooder

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    1) What type of bird , age and weight: A year old? A red hen, not sure what breed or weight.
    2) What is the behavior, exactly: Serious limping, lies down a lot. Eating, drinking and pooping though. And pretty alert.
    3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms: Ages. A couple of months maybe?
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms: No, the other hen seems fine.
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma: No, though some of her feathers seem a bit threadbare.
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation: I have no idea.
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all: Hard little brown long round pellets (not sure what they're called), and then the treats I bring her (strawberries, grapes, raisins, white bread and peanuts). She drinks water.
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc.: Fine, I think. I'm not sure what it's supposed to look like?
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far: Nothing, just lots of treats and petting. I don't know where to start!
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet: I want to treat her myself because she doesn't actually belong to me, and I'm not sure her owners would be okay with taking her to the vet. [​IMG]
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. Below.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use: Woodchip? They have an indoor coop and an outside run.

    I posted on this a couple of days ago, but I had just joined the site, didn't know what I was doing and had no pictures. A couple of people suggested it might be scaly leg mites, but I looked all around the coop today and examined her leg and the legs of the other chicken... and I'm not sure. I don't see any evidence of leg mites, but leg mites is the only thing it seems to be? I took some photos to show how bad it is.

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    And here's her coopmate, happy and healthy, with no sign of leg issues:

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  2. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    yes it looks like scaley leg mites. You will need to get some petrolum jelly and cover her legs with it. It will need to be done daily probably for a few weeks. You can soak her feet in warm water first if you like too to soften up the scale.
     
  3. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    They will also need to clean the coop replace all the wood chips etc as well.
     
  4. Pickaduck

    Pickaduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that is a severe case of scaly leg mites. I highly recommend you purchase Nu-Stock at the feed store and smear it on that leg and foot ASAP and continue doing it til it heals.
     
  6. CityBumpkin

    CityBumpkin Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much! I'm so glad she can get better, she's really sweet! Will buy Vaseline and - I assume - rubber gloves tomorrow. This is going to sound like a stupid question, but she's not used to handling - the most I ever do is stroke her - and I'm wondering what the best way is to treat her legs? Do you think she's going to struggle like mad? I'm a bit apprehensive! Should I wear old clothes for this job? What's the best way to hold a chicken? Do I just grab her on either side? And will she freak out when I try to wash her leg?

    Sorry for all the questions!
     
  7. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may need an extra hand to apply the ointment, but my squirmy hens, I grab their bodies, and tuck their heads under my arm so they're facing backwards. Their wings are flat against my arm and body, and their legs are facing forward. They can't wiggle much in that position. Or you can wrap them in a towel, head exposed.

    Good luck! I wish your hen a full recovery!
     
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  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    YIKES!

    I've never seen a case that severe.

    I've had some start with it and I've used Pam cooking spray in the evenings when they go to roost. It worked.
    Way easy to apply!
     
  9. CityBumpkin

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    Okay, so I got home from work today, filled a basin with warm soapy water, picked up Sick Chicken and dunked her foot.

    She was not best impressed.

    I rubbed at her foot but to be honest I didn't know which part was her foot and which part was weird growth so I ended up just getting the worst of the dirty gunk off - big chunks of muck and dung. When I put her down after the foot-washing she just sort of rolled over on her side like a true traumatised chicken. I rubbed the Vaseline on but I wasn't really able to get into all the cracks and layers so I just plastered it on thick and prayed. I think next time I might try using oil instead, because at least that will get into the places I can't reach...

    I filled a blue box with sawdust and put her in there while I scraped out all the filthy bedding from their coop. This was my first time and I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing, but I think I did okay. I dumped the filthy woodchip and then sprayed the place liberally with this pesticide-free fleat and tick spray I bought in the pet shop (meant to be for cats and dogs but I hope it works for chickens too). Here's what it looked like once I cleaned the place out (I'm not going to show you a before picture because it's entirely too depressing)...

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    Then I spread some new sawdust out in the places they like to lie. I wasn't sure whether I should spread it all over the floor or not? The healthy chicken was giving me the evil eye from her roost...

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    And here's Sick Chicken with her Vaseline'd leg, a little bit cleaner in her new bed of clean sawdust.

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    When should I next wash her foot? Also, I noticed she was pecking at it once it had the Vaseline on... should I have bandaged it? I did get bandages, but her foot is still so manky I thought it would be a waste. Also, I thought she'd be uncomfortable. [​IMG]
     
  10. satay

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    I would wash and re apply the vaseline every day or so until her feet look back to normal. The vaseline smothers the mites so i would not be to concerned that you did not get into every gap. You can just get the new bits each time you wash and reapply. You should see stuff coming off each time you do this.
     

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