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I have an 8.5 y/o leghorn and two 3 y/o sexlinks. They recently have had an outbreak of lice, I treated the coop with permethrin and DE and it seems to be much better. They had scaly leg mites and mite bites on their combs as well but I have been doing foot soaks and applying petroleum jelly or coconut oil and vetrx almost daily for about a week and that seems to be clearing up also.

When I was doing one of my daily health checks I noticed that each of the girls have peeling earlobes, wattles and combs. The earlobes are the worst. Even their legs are a bit dry and peeling also. But their earlobes had an entire layer of dead skin peeling. The main reason I noticed this in the first place is because I was inspecting a white dot on one of the 3 y/o’s then I noticed the whole layer of dead skin falling off on her earlobes and then layer a bit on her wattles and comb. This is the same for each of the others, so far only one has a lot of white bumps and another has a few. Could this be dry fowl pox? If so what should I do? As for the dry skin I thought the petroleum jelly and coconut oil would help moisturize but they weren’t peeling for the first week I was applying it.
 

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scalci

Songster
5 Years
Apr 18, 2014
56
37
111
Rhode Island
That’s the best I could get after 2 days of trying. I’m all clawed up on my legs and forearms. She doesn’t like me touching her comb, wattles or earlobes. None of my chickens ever have let me. They start to freak out and then don’t want to be held anymore. But I guess that’s good if you can’t see the white dots in the pictures. Maybe I’m just seeing things and freaking out over just dry skin?
 

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applying petroleum jelly or coconut oil and vetrx almost daily for about a week

I noticed that each of the girls have peeling earlobes, wattles and combs. The earlobes are the worst. Even their legs are a bit dry and peeling also. But their earlobes had an entire layer of dead skin peeling.

As for the dry skin I thought the petroleum jelly and coconut oil would help moisturize but they weren’t peeling for the first week I was applying it.
You applied the VetRx to the combs, ears and wattles too? I would eliminate that and stick with vaseline or coconut oil. Ime, VetRx on the combs/wattles and ears does seem to dry out the skin and make it peel. See if there's improvement in a couple of weeks after you stop using it.
 

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