Roos feet are disappearing.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Deva Dee, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. Deva Dee

    Deva Dee New Egg

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    I have a rooster who was born deformed. So he gets the life of Riley in my barn. I have him quarantined in my feed room with me which is screened on one wall so he can hear/see other birds. His feet are literally disappearing.
    He eats fine, chitters gratefully when I feed him and seems normal otherwise but his feet are disappearing.
    Can anyone help me figure this out?
    Thank you!
     
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Egg Grower Premium Member Project Manager

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    hi there.
    Can you please post a few pics of his feet.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    How old is he? Have his feet been frostbitten or has he had leg mites?
     
  4. Deva Dee

    Deva Dee New Egg

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    I will do that shortly, yes. (I thought I had some on this computer but I didn't)
     
  5. Deva Dee

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  6. Deva Dee

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    I posted pics finally. Curious to see what people think/know.
     
  7. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    It looks to me like frostbite. There looks to be another toe tip that is black where it could drop off. Usually the skin above the frostbitten area looks pink, swollen, and "clubbed." It can take a month or more for toes or extremities to drop off after frostbite. Here are some pictures of other chickens with frostbite to help you decide if that is what is happening.

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    Toes with tips beginning to fall off A bantam with only stumps left
     
  8. Deva Dee

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    Would frostbite progress?
     
  9. Eggcessive

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    No it won't go past where you see the bulbous pink skin. The dark areas will shrivel and drop off. It looks like he will just lose those toe tips most of which are already gone. Fortunately, most of us have seen the end of cold weather. It happens mostly around January and February in the US, from temperatures around zero F and below. If their toes get wet or remain uncovered on the roost, then that is when it happens.Some chickens have been frostbitten from sleeping on metal. Combs and wattles, if large, are very susceptible to it.
     

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