Problem with my hen's feet

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wolfinator, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. One of my 2 Columbian Wyandotte hens has developed thick scaly looking stuff on both her feet. She gets up on the roosting bars and in the nest with no problem. She walks around the coop but refuses to go outside. I'm not sure when this developed as she is not a friendly girl and is standoffish. I caught her napping and was able to check her over, discovering her foot problem. I got her along with 5 other hens almost 2 years ago and to my best recollection she is about 3 1/2 - 4 years old. This group originally belonged to a neighbor who gave them to me. I didn't have a holding coop at the time and gave to my son's friend's family who had them for 6-8 months. I found out they weren't housing them properly and offered to take (had a holding coop built) them all. They agreed. All 6 were in rough shape, skinny and pale due to conditions kept in including lack of light (kept only inside a building with no light of any kind) and food. None of other hens from her group have this nor do my other 53 hens and roosters. She still lays eggs as well. I did my best at taking photos by myself so hopefully someone can have an idea of what she has. I don't know if its gout or something worse. None of the vets within a reasonable distance treat livestock, only one who did retired 10 years ago.

    Here's a couple photos of her feet.
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    Any incite will be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. trumpeting_angel

    trumpeting_angel Free Ranging

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    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    I'd search BYC rather than New York City, but I agree with the diagnosis above.
     
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    trumpeting_angel Free Ranging

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    I fixed the typo! :gig
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Scaly Leg Mites....that have been there for a very long time.
    Slather feet and legs with bag balm or vaseline every few days for a couple of weeks,
    that will kill any remaining mites.
    I doubt her leg scales will ever recover.
     
  6. coach723

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  7. Thank you all. I've never encountered this before and luckily none of the others have it. I have both vaseline and have Ivemectin on hand so I can get started right away. Hopefully I can catch her napping or I've got a fight on my hands. How long might it take to rid her of the mites?
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I examine and treat my birds off the roost at night, much easier to 'catch' them then.
    Wrap her wings against her body in a big towel to keep her subdued.
    Hard to tell when mites are gone as they are buried and 'invisible' anyway,
    why it's good to cover with oil/ointment for a couple-few weeks.
     
  9. coach723

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    If she's hard to catch, I'd wait until she goes to roost after dark and take her off the roost. Wrap her in a towel if necessary to hold her while you lather up her legs and feet, but they are usually calmer after dark. If you are consistent the mites will be gone in a few weeks, it will take much longer for the feet to heal. Scaly leg mites are not as contagious as other mites, but can spread. I'd give everyone else a good look to make sure no one else has them. Early signs are raised and dry looking scales, once it's been going on awhile you see the crust and missing scales like this bird. Castor oil works well, it's thick and gets under the scales, then cover that with vaseline. Don't worry about dirt that sticks to it.
     
  10. Kiki

    Kiki Is your thermometer calibrated?

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    It can take a while, a few weeks, to fix this.
    Put something on her legs as often as possible. Daily would help rid the mites faster.
     

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