Maybe Scaly Leg Mites & Feather Loss

Jsigmon91

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I'm a little nervous of judgement so I'll explain that we just had a human baby 2 months ago and he has been real colicky. Every day is just survival mode. So our poor chickens have not gotten their normal level or attention or care. I hate this went unnoticed and has gotten to the level it has.

We have three chickens and just one is having the following issues. She has red and swollen feet and she also has severe feather loss. I've attached pictures.

Googling led me to scaly leg mites, but it seemed like from what I read that only affects feet and legs? Is that right or is this just an overall mite problem? Any other thoughts on what it could be?

Also, any suggestions on treatment?

Thanks!
 

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Jsigmon91

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It does look like she might have a mild case of scaly leg mites, and I see a swelling indicative of bumblefoot---check her footpads. How old is she? Could she just be moulting?
I hadn't even considered molting! I guess I wasn't aware of what moulting looked like on adult chickens as they are the first chickens we've had. She is coming up on 2 years (we got them as chicks in March 2020). It just looked severe to me but after seeing some pictures online it does look like it may just be moulting.

This one really hates being picked up so I'll see if I can get a hold of her and look at the bottom of her feet. Thank you for the input!
 

BantyChooks

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I hadn't even considered molting! I guess I wasn't aware of what moulting looked like on adult chickens as they are the first chickens we've had. She is coming up on 2 years (we got them as chicks in March 2020). It just looked severe to me but after seeing some pictures online it does look like it may just be moulting.

This one really hates being picked up so I'll see if I can get a hold of her and look at the bottom of her feet. Thank you for the input!
Best of luck! The age range is correct for a moult.
 

Sally PB

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This one really hates being picked up so I'll see if I can get a hold of her and look at the bottom of her feet. Thank you for the input!
One way to do it is to take them off the roost at night. If you have a headlamp, it leaves your hands free. Mine has a red light option. When I've gone in there with the red light when it's totally dark, the birds know "something" is there, and act a bit nervous, but don't try to get away from me. I can give them a good look over then.

If it's bumblefoot, there are a lot of threads about how to treat it. Or, start another thread if you need help.

No judgment here. You have your hands full with a colicky baby. Hang in there!
 

Myrshine

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Looks like she may have mild scaly leg mites. Depending on her age, she could be just molting and it looks bad, but if you're worried, I suggest looking her over for mites or lice just in case. As for her foot, it does indeed look swollen like Bumblefoot. Nighttime would be the best time to look her over for anything.
 

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