Chipped scales on my hens' legs

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by birdwrangler057, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,
    My hens' scales have been very dry, and flaking off lately and I'm not sure if it is normal. Could someone give me some pointers on this?
     
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Have you checked for scaley leg mites?
     
  3. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, how do you check for them? I do put DE on them and in their nests though
     
  4. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    However, it's just the shell coming off, not the whole thing
     
  5. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    I actually don't use DE. My flock just dirt bathes. We haven't had issues yet, but I know it is possible.
     
  7. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thank you
     
  8. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens dirt bathe as well because they are free range, but I still sprinkle DE in their frequent bathing spots so they get it under their feathers
     
  9. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only use it for extra protection any ways
     
  10. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the links, I think I will go with the second link though because I have used natural oils on my hens and they have worked great.
     

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