Shedding scales? *PICS*

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by babychickfarmer, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. babychickfarmer

    babychickfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    So I accidently scaped my foot on one of my girls legs and two of her scales were just hangin there so I peeled them all the way off. It looks like she has new scales undernieth. I know that I have a few hens in molt right now and this girl isn't. Is this a part of molt or something I should be worried about. Has anyone else chickens shed thier scales on thier legs?
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2007
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Not usually...Scaley Leg Mites can cause the scales to lift up...so check their legs closely...
     
  3. babychickfarmer

    babychickfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I did and I also took pictures, it doesn't look like that to me but her scales are more poofed out then our pullets.

    This is the girl. Maggie.
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    and here are a few pics of her legs.

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  4. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    Yes, chickens do shed their scales. I've had several healthy birds that I've had to fix a toe for or something, and the old cuticle will come off, leaving a softer, new scale underneath. It's nothing to worry about. It will harden up and flake off naturally.
     
  5. babychickfarmer

    babychickfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok great. Thank you so much Bliss Chick. Thats just what I wanted to hear.
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Seeing the pic, she looks fine. Slifer's scales never sat flat on her legs...
     

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