Flaky legs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CaliTX, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. CaliTX

    CaliTX Out Of The Brooder

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    Someone gave us a hen last night and I just saw her feet this morning and they are very pale, flaky.. almost chalky looking? She also has diarrhea. I apologize for the low quality pic, I just had my cell phone. I can grab the good camera if needed.. what is this and what should I do to treat her? She is rather lethargic, I had to pick her up off the roost and put her outside.


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  2. willowbranchfarm

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    I cant tell from the picture but she probably has scaly leg mites. Put petroleum jelly (vaseline) on her legs.
     
  3. CaliTX

    CaliTX Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. After I posted this I went through searching the forum and found you can also use vegetable oil? So I put some in a bucket and scrubbed her legs with a toothbrush. Would vaseline be better? And how often should I reapply?
     
  4. willowbranchfarm

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    I would use vaseline but ive never tried the oil so I don't know about that. Depends, I would try 1 or 2 times a day.
     
  5. CaliTX

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    Thank you!
     
  6. willowbranchfarm

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    Glad I could help.
     
  7. Suzie

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    Ouch! I have read on the forum ( in the past) that it is not a good idea to scrub the legs with anything abrasive - normally as willowbranchfarm says vaseline is very efficient and you only need to apply every few days - the idea being that the vaseline smothers any leg mites and also offers the added benefit of making the legs resistant to water too! I would reapply maybe once or twice a week ( make sure you apply the vaseline up to where the feathers start on the legs) - new scales will form in a few weeks

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  8. casportpony

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    X2. I thought I read that the scrubbing could introduce infection. It was on the web, so it must be true, right? [​IMG]
     
  9. casportpony

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    If she has leg mites, she probably has other parasites as well. If she were mine, I would weigh her, dust her with poultry dust and deworm her with Safeguard for Goats/Cattle (fenbendazole 100mg/ml). I worm mine at 50mg/kg ( .5cc/kg) by mouth and repeat in 10 days.
     

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