foot SKIN PEELING sorta like a snake?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Songster

    Dec 4, 2008
    Carson City, NV to this and couldn't find it under foot peeling in search.

    I'm not sure who but somebody's foot has peeled about an inch of scaley skin...looks like a snake skin that was shed.

    I have seen a few of them pecking at each other's feet but sort of thought that was either "look, food!" or else that horrid pecking order stuff?

    Everyone seems to be eating and drinking, near as I can tell. Even the chick that got 'lost'.

    Thanks for any info! They were hatched Dec 17 by Ideal. And they are HUGE: more feathers than fluff already. Just their undersides and a collar of fluff are all that remain.

    Haven't figured out the new laptop or camera, sorry.[​IMG]

  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I recommend moving this to the "Emergencies" section.

    My first thought was "scaley leg mites" until I saw their age. They're way too young to have that.

    As for pecking at each others' feet, they're probably too young to really be testing pecking order (which is their social heirarchy, not a means of hurting each other). Chickens explore the world by pecking at things. They ar pecking at the feet because of curiousity.

    If they start to draw blood, remove the worst offender(s) until all are healed.

    Good luck!

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