Red spots on feet?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FarmGirl21, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. FarmGirl21

    FarmGirl21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had to bring these 3 in tonight because of bad weather. I noticed that they have dark red-purple colored spots on their feet. I wasn't sure if this was just from the big chickens picking on them or if it could be something else. They're separated now too.
    They are also pretty messy looking but i figure that's from the weather.

    ETA: their legs are pretty dirty still, the spots are just on their toes.

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  2. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    I'm not really sure what it might be. What have the weather conditions been like? Do you think they have mites?
     
  3. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    Is there any blood?
     
  4. Minx

    Minx Out Of The Brooder

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    I would try bathing their legs and feet in a warm salt water solution. Dry them very well after and apply some antibacterial ointment if you have any. If the weather has been crappy and they have been in the mud alot, chickens can get "mud fever" (like horses) which is a bacterial infection.
     
  5. FarmGirl21

    FarmGirl21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They kind of look like blood blisters or bruises. something like that. I am watching them carefully to see if anything dissipates. I am thinking that the older chicks & chickens might have been picking on them. They were always at my feet & on my shoes when they were in the coop... like they were begging me to pick them up & take them away from the mean guys. It's only on 2 of them, the other hen(?) has no spots at all, just muddy. I'll keep an eye on them & let everyone know tomorrow. I was also worried they weren't getting enough to eat, another reason i brought them in.....they've almost finished a jar feeder since this afternoon :eek: .

    ETA: I don't think they have mites, there legs are good besides the spots. It's been POURING everyday here. It sucks. I've had to leave everyone in the coop for most the day at times...some of them are a little dumb. [​IMG]
     
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  6. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Those look a lot like pox lesions, but those are more commonly seen on the head/comb/wattles. They can occur anywhere there is skin, as it is transmitted by biting insects. Look up photos of avian pox, and see if that looks like what you have. Often the first few pox lesions on a bird are mistaken for small wounds. Have you seen pox in your birds before? Once they get over it, they are supposed to be immune- so if these are recent introductions, the pox will affect them but not the pre-existing flock.
    Could actually be pecking wounds (weird to be on the feet only).
    It is possible they have been injured by wire flooring or something the toes could get trapped or scraped by?
     
  7. FarmGirl21

    FarmGirl21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I checked on them just a minute ago, They looked soft & red-purple-ish yesterday, today they look scabby & a couple of the spots have scabs that are lifted off a little, like they're falling off. They don't seem to be painful. I think it was pecking wounds. I just found one of the missing chicks this morning behind a box in the house...it wasn't a pretty finding at all.

    Is there a reason they would be beating up/killing the little ones? This is the first time this has happened and i know rats/weasels cant get into the house. He was back behind the box everyone piles into at night. [​IMG]

    Their feeder is always full, they get to go out on the grass in a big yard during the day, I started putting Avia Charge in the water a couple weeks ago. Is there anything I'm missing in their diet?

    ETA: they don't have any kind of spots anywhere else, I checked them all over this morning. They're just a little skinny still is all. But so far their favorite spot is laying in front of the feeder scarfing the food down [​IMG].
     
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