Help with rooster... Mites? Torn feathers on leg? New photos...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NotableNancy, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. NotableNancy

    NotableNancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wondering what could be wrong with Buddy the rooster... he is not mine, he belongs to the farm where my kids clean out the stalls etc.
    Buddy, who is mean as you know what, is in a new 4X4 coop with just the little bantam, Paco, you see in the background. They have a nice little outside run too. I noticed his legs the other day and the owner is away so I thought I'd ask here if anyone knew what was wrong. I hope the pics are OK because I don't know if I can get better ones.
    Buddy attacks people but when Paco was added they seemed to get along perfectly. He even sleeps snuggled up to Buddy.
    Do you think it's mites, or are the feathers ripped off and making the leg raw? Or something else?
    I just got my first chicks last week so I really don't know much yet but I'm trying to learn more.
    Unfortunately I don't know how long his legs have been like this but I know she had Buddy for at least 2 years but the little rooster, Paco, for about 5 months or so. They both seem to eat fine, feed from TSC, a little scratch and meal worms once in a while.
    Can anyone help?






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  2. amnich

    amnich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't really tell too well from the pics, but you're probably going to want to put vaseline (petroleum jelly) on them just in case. If he has mites, the mites will be suffocated. If his legs are just raw, his legs will be nicely moisturized. When this happened to me (I won a few chickens and they came to me with mites), I vaselined them once a day. You want to cover their entire leg, up to their feathers, getting their toes and everything. You should then hold them for a few minutes to make sure the mites get completely suffocated before the vaseline gets all wiped off when they are walking around. Good luck!
     
  3. NotableNancy

    NotableNancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pics were on my iPhone. I will bring my camera tomorrow and try to get better photos.
     
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    Here are more close up photos. I'm wondering if it's just feathers broken off the leg.
    Any ideas?? thanks
     
  5. amnich

    amnich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The way his scales look dry kind of makes me think he does have a slight mite problem - nothing bad at all. But the red part is nothing related to mites, that is just where the feathers have broken off. You probably won't need to do much for this at all. All I think you will really have to do is vaseline him once a day for probably a week. This will also help the raw area from where the feathers have been torn heal better. Just make sure his friend isn't pecking at the red part, chickens will do that relentlessly and give you a worse problem than you started with. You caught on to the problem really quick, so he will be all better in no time!
     
  6. NotableNancy

    NotableNancy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I will pass the info on to the owner!
     

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