Rooster with inflamed joints

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by fray107, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. fray107

    fray107 New Egg

    1
    0
    7
    Apr 19, 2016
    Hi, I hope someone can help me. I have a stunning lemon Orpington rooster. He's a super chicken but has developed what must be painful inflamed leg joints. I've treated him with vaseline for scaly foot but the joints are still terrible. I'd be very grateful for any input. Also, has anyone got any good ideas for getting vaseline out of feathers? Ironic I know. Many thanks
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    29,233
    3,268
    491
    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. Some people use castor oil to rub into the scales of chickens with leg mites, since it is less messy, cheap, and needs reapplying less often. As for the joint swelling, that can be a sign of bacterial or viral arthritis. One common one is mycoplasma synovitis (MS,) which is a contagious chronic respiratory disease that affects the joints. Sometimes they will have a yellowish exudate at the joint. A vet could test for MS. It is treated with Tylan, Oxytetracycline, or Baytril. Here is some information to read:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/99/mycoplasma-synoviae-infection-ms-infectious-synovitis/
    http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/p...nfection_in_poultry_infectious_synovitis.html
    https://en.wikivet.net/Mycoplasma_synoviae

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    yellow exudate in joint swollen feet and legs of MS
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by