Footed feather legs bleeding

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SuburbanChickFarmer, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. SuburbanChickFarmer

    SuburbanChickFarmer Out Of The Brooder

    56
    0
    39
    Jul 22, 2008
    I have three light brahmas, 1 rooster and 2 hens. About month ago, one of the girls had blood all over her leg and the others were picking on her. So, I cleaned all the blood off, looked for a wound or something and didn't see anything. I thought maybe it was from a feather. 3 days ago, my second hens leg was bloody so I washed it off, checked her leg and couldn't see anything wrong. Now yesterday, my rooster had a bloody leg, very bloody, to where he transfered blood to the hens he was mateing with so I had quite a mess to clean up! Again, I can't find a wound after cleaning off the blood. Do chickens with feathered feet have problems with their shanks bleeding? Or should I be looking for some other cause?
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    5,719
    42
    283
    May 8, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Not normally, but if they have a new feather growing in, with a blood supply, that get's damaged, then it would bleed. It doesn't matter if the blood feather that get's damaged is on their leg or their body, it will bleed.

    I've never had a problem with my Faverolles, but I've never had brahmas. Your rooster would be understandable, because he could abrade a leg feather while mating. It sounds suspicious that this has happened to both your hens, though. Is there anything about their living space, that might cause them to break a blood feather that's growing in? I'm wondering if this is just from picking? If it is, then you could read some of the other threads about that.
     
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    That used to happen with my Brahma mix Slifer too. She'd preen a bit hard on her feet and it looked like OJ came to visit.
    It's usually from a feather that's just growing in.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by