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Rooster with bad feet - what to do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by easyvilleacres, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. easyvilleacres

    easyvilleacres Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2015
    SW MO
    Our new flock is 20 weeks old today. One of the roosters (BCM) has always had crooked toes. I did a little research a while ago and found that this is usually an incubation issue - too crowded.
    But recently his feet have been looking inflamed or irritated in a way (see photo). They seem just about to crack and bleed, and you can tell he's beginning to have a hard time walking. Maybe y'all could shed some light on this issue for us?
    If it's some kind of genetic disease I certainly do not want it being passed on and have no problem with butchering him .... but if it's not, how can we help him?
    Thank you!
  2. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2015
    SE Texas
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Red skin between toes and on legs can be normal in fertile chickens. I would make some changes in the walking area, since sharp rocks can cause bumblefoot. Mulch or pine shavings would be softer on the feet. Look for any sores on the footpads, and prevent wet areas.
  5. easyvilleacres

    easyvilleacres Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2015
    SW MO
    It does not seem like scaly leg mites but I will certainly keep it in mind, thank you!

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