HELP!!!!!! Dry and scaly legs!!!!!!

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  1. ChickenGuy53

    ChickenGuy53 Out Of The Brooder

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    HI everybody ok well i have noticed that alot of my chickens have dry scaly legs. t i dont think its mites because a have checked and cant find any. their legs look bad. there all scaly and white. what should i do to treat them and how should i prevent it?? PLS HELP
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    You can't see leg mites, they are under the leg scales.
    If leg scales are raised and crusty, they probably have leg mites.
    Post a pic and someone can confirm or deny.
     
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    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Please do post pic.

    Personally interested in how you can tell normal shedding of old scales vs mite infestations.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'm not sure old scales shed and regrow, like feathers molt, do they??...always wondered.
     
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    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    They shed and regrow those leg scales once a year.
     
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    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    It's hard to find references, but here's one with the following comment: http://www.ruleworks.co.uk/poultry/poultry-age.asp

    "Also, the scales on older birds will tend to look rougher, particulary at the joints between the toes and the foot.
    A new set of scales grows every year and, if the previous set is not completely shed, the build-up leads to roughness."


    Others references I have found have too many "cookies" on site to drop on you.


    But it makes sense that one set could not last a chicken or other bird their whole life.


    Reptiles scale shedding is easy to research and find.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    Thanks for the comment.

    It just makes sense to me and tried several phrasings before could find any googled support of the idea.
     

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