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Shedding scales? *PICS*

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

  1. 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. 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

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    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. 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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