My hens doing the moon dance, is something wrong?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by motherhen, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. motherhen

    motherhen In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2007
    Halifax, NS
    I have a banty that is almost finished molting and she shuffles backwards. This was the first time I have seen her do it. She is 3-4 years old and the skin on her legs are curling up a bit. Is this normal? I hope she is not suffering from anything that is making her do the moon dance.
    Any ideas on this would be wonderful.
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Sounds like scaly leg mites. They need to be smothered by coating her legs with mineral oil, possibly with a few drops of tea tree oil to kill the mites.

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