Peeling Feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Leine, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. Leine

    Leine Out Of The Brooder

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    Over the last few months I've noticed that multiple hens in my flock have peeling feet. They are all at least a year old.
    Is this normal, or should I be worried?
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Can you post some photos?
    How are they housed - coop/run, free range, etc.?
     
  3. Leine

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    They're in a coop w/run. At least three out of seven chickens have the peeling feet. I'll try to post some pictures of it later today.
     
  4. Leine

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    This is my four year old RIR hen. ChickenFeet_Photoshop2.jpg
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

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    It looks like she has Scaly Leg Mites.

    Soak the feet in soapy water, then gently scrub with a soft brush to remove dirt and debris. Apply Vaseline, A+D ointment or something similar to the legs and feet. Apply your ointment daily for a couple of weeks. This will smother the mites and help heal the feet.

    Scaly leg mites generally live under the scales of the legs and feet, but can be transmitted through contact and shedding of scales.Since you have several that have the same problem, clean out your coop and treat with a permethrin based spray or dust - this will hopefully eliminated any that may be in the coop. Repeat in 7-10days.

    Try to keep bedding as dry as you can. Offer some poultry vitamins a couple of times a week to give them a boost while they are healing.
     
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  6. Leine

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    I'll see what I can do. Thank you for the advice.
     

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