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hard skin needs cutting off advice

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by karengoslin, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. karengoslin

    karengoslin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello
    My older chicken has always had a piece of skin that curled backward on back toe. It is hard and has never given her any problems. I have noticed that it is getting too close to her leg . Can I file it down/off do you think? will it hurt her if I do...please advise?

    Thank you Karengoslin
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    Can you post a picture of it?
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    X2 If you have a picture for us to see, it would help us figure out what might be going on. :)
     
  5. nj2wv

    nj2wv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :frow welcome to BYC !!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Ditto, need a photo. I'm wondering if you are referring to spur growth on the back of the lower leg.
     
  7. karengoslin

    karengoslin Out Of The Brooder

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    ooow....I am not very good at doing that...its a wonder I was able to log in..:)
     
  8. karengoslin

    karengoslin Out Of The Brooder

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    So nice of you to welcomet me to the site
     
  9. karengoslin

    karengoslin Out Of The Brooder

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    Ahh yes I do think its a spur. Do lady chickens have spurs? If so, then yes its coming from back, curling over towards her log and is far too close to her back part of leg in my opinion. It is thick and hard. It hasn't broken any skin
     
  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Yes, hens can grow spurs. Generally it is the older hens that this happens too. All chickens, rooster and hen alike have the gene to grow spurs. But in hens this gene is turned off. But as the hen ages, sometimes this gene can get corrupt and cause her to grow spurs.

    If you do indeed think she has a spur that is growing improperly, you might take a look at this thread on removing a spur....https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/37548/removing-trimming-rooster-spurs

    See if you can get someone to help you upload a pic so we can all see if this is a spur or not. :)

    Good luck!
     

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