My three year old Australorp rooster, Moses, is acting very strange but looks healthy as a horse. He has not attacked my husband in a few weeks and is sitting down in the yard quite a lot of the time - not sitting constantly; I do see him walking and doing his thing with the girls (though not with his usual frequency) but he is sitting a LOT - at least half the time. He'll sit, then get up, then sit again. And it seems to be increasing. He walks kind of stiff legged - chicken arthritis?? He and his harem of 8 hens free range all day and he stays near them. He looks great - red comb, glossy feathers, bright eyes. I've looked at a million photos of scaly leg mites on the web and his legs don't look like anything I've seen - yet - they look fairly fine. I do see some red streaks down the leg (he has really thick, powerful legs and enormous spurs) and he definitely has scales on his legs, but from what I've looked at, these two things seem normal. Legs are warm to the touch. Do not see any sign of bumblefoot on the pads. This evening I coated his legs in bag balm, for lack of any other idea, and did see some red, somewhat raw areas at the top of the legs where the feathers begin - but we're talking very small red areas - like the size of a ladybug. Tonight once he's asleep I'll go out and manhandle him and really do an inspection - look for mites and anything else amiss, but I'm wondering what on earth else this could be??? Isn't he too old for Marek's??? Some of my feather footed ladies have lost their foot feathers, but I assumed that was the onset of a molt. Maybe they all have something gnawing on their legs?? Any ideas or suggestions on what else to look for when I go out with my flashlight? It must be early something, because he routinely tries to kill my husband and this sitting around is just plain weird. Would appreciate any ideas from you veterans. Oh, and today he seemed to be standing with his legs slightly splayed - like bracing for extra stability - and as I said, his gait does seem stiffer. Thank you!!!