Hen with weird leg lesions

Tsaska

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Hello all,
I have just joined this group, am posting in the hopes that someone here will have an idea of what this is on my hen's legs. I first noticed these crusty spots in the early spring. Started soaking her legs in diluted betadine, slathering vaseline or calendula ointment on & wrapping, to soften it up & get it off. The stuff turned yellow, looked like it could be peeled off, but pulling at it made it bleed a lot, so I would very gently brush it w/ a soft tothbrush while it was submerged. It was suggested I let it dry out, so I did, & since then it has continued to thicken. It is very hard, like a scab. I have shown the bird or pictures to several people that are knowledgable about poultry, including a vet who specializes in poultry health at a large university; nobody has a clue what this is. Vet said if it was on just 1 leg he would think myxosacrcoma (retroviral induced tumor – Rous sarcoma virus group, based on the color. Best guess is granulation tissue. Nobody thinks fungus because it is so hard. I would take her to a vet, but am doubtful I can find one who would know anymore than the specialist. The good news is the hen, who is about 15 years old now, is still eating & drinking, behaving relatively normally. And none of the other birds have gotten whatever this is.
Many thanks for any help, advice or suggestions!
Aimee


The 1st 2 pics were taken in April, after weeks of soaking. The next 2 were taken today. Whatever this is, it has thickened to the point that it split open.






 

Tsaska

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I did treat her for scaly leg mites last year, using vaseline. I also wormed her w/ Ivermectin about 2 mos. ago. I did only give 1 dose, bc I was told it did not look like scaly leg mites.
Thanks,
Aimee
 

Tsaska

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And if it was scaly leg mites, I assume the scales on her toes & lower leg/foot would be affected....?
Thank you.
Aimee
 

Wyorp Rock

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I don't have a clue as to what that is.
15yrs old your hen has done well.
If it were Scaly Leg Mite, I would think with the soaking and slathering on oil/vaseline and the Ivermetin treatment would have taken care of most of it.
It's interesting for sure though.

Hopefully someone else will have a better idea.
 

Tsaska

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You're in good company as far as having no idea what this is! LOL! The good news is, I am going to send a tissue sample off for analysis. I have my fingers crossed that it can be ID'd & successfully treated. She's an old timer, for sure! But still spunky & healthy aside from the leg stuff.
Thanks,
Aimee
 

Wyorp Rock

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You're in good company as far as having no idea what this is! LOL! The good news is, I am going to send a tissue sample off for analysis. I have my fingers crossed that it can be ID'd & successfully treated. She's an old timer, for sure! But still spunky & healthy aside from the leg stuff.
Thanks,
Aimee

If you do find out what it is, please let us know if you don't mind.
 

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