Hen with tender scale-less feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Mallorie, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. Mallorie

    Mallorie Hatching

    Dec 3, 2015
    I have a Buff Orphington that I've had for about a year now (i think she's about 4 ish) and I'm concerned for her feet. When I first got her I noticed that her toes (especially between them), the backs of her feet and parts of the bottoms of her feet didn't seem to have scales and seemed a little pink and sore. Especially if its cold or wet out she frequently lifts one or the other foot, flexes it and holds it tucked into her feathers for a moment, switches feet and then keeps walking. I assumed this was either from the poor nutrition or wire bottomed shelter she had at her last home and figured it would heal. I was wrong I guess. None of my other birds, including one from her same flock have this problem or exhibit this behavior. Is arthritis a thing in chickens? I can't seem to find any one else who has had this problem.

    I will try to get a picture a little later when the rain lets up.
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    The only time I've heard of a bird lacking scales on the feet is due to the Scaleless gene. The Scaleless gene is recessive. In it's homozygous form it results in a completely naked (or naked with a few feathers here and there) bird and in it's heterozygous form it can result in either a bird who appears normal or lacks some scales on its legs. If your bird does truly have Sc, you have a very rare animal on your hands. You may want to speak to Kev or Kassaundra on here, they are the resident scaleless experts.
  3. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Songster

    Aug 11, 2014
    Magnolia, Texas
    Do you feel like it could be something like scaly leg mites? Or is she devoid of scales entirely??


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