Red rash/pigmentation/discolouration of pullet's legs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tricoglossus, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Over the last few days one of my indian game pullets has developed a red pigmentation on her legs. The redness is mainly on the insides of her legs, but there are also patches and small dots on the outsides of her legs and on her toes. My other indian game pullet (her sister) does not have this issue. They are both very healthy otherwise and have been laying lots of eggs. No other chickens in the flock (a mixture of silkies, Houdans, polish and some crosses) have this issue either. All chickens are treated with Moxidectin and Frontline to kill intestinal worms and external parasites.

    I have read on some other threads on BYC that these red markings are hormonal (eg https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/802748/red-spots-on-legs and https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/588252/pink-legs and https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/387623/red-line-up-down-the-leg-and-feet). I am hoping that this is the case with my pullet, however I would very much like to hear from anyone else who has seen this in their pullets (seems to be a lot more common in roosters).

    Here are some pictures of her legs:

    Inside left leg:
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    Inside right leg:
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    Outside left leg:
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    Inside left leg
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    Left foot
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  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Those are some good-looking legs. They are also perfectly normal as far as I can see.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. Yes, these indian games are very solid, chunky little birds! I was hoping that this is normal, it's just that I have never seen it before and it looks so much like dermatitis. I shall continue to monitor her.
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    My pale-skinned roos often show this, but I have also seen it in my BO hens. Scared the heck out of me when I first saw it. I feared the worst, but turns out it was nothing.
     
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    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would it be considered a fault in the breed? It seems to detract from their evenly coloured yellow legs.
     
  6. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I don't know what standards you are using to define "fault". I am just a backyard breeder who likes eggs and eye candy. I don't show birds. You could ask over in the Breeds, Genetics & Showing section of the forum if you are interested in knowing for sure.
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I have seen this in my flock, so I have also figured it was normal and probably showed fertility. In cases where it is is in the upper part of the legs like in this picture, it can be a symptom of avian influenza. But there are many much worse symptoms, so I'm sure you would definitely know they were sick.
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