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Strange feet, any clues? (2 pics)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ears73, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. ears73

    ears73 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    Westchester, NY
    Hiya folks,

    I have an Astralorp of unknown age. She came to us a few months ago and was always a little bit ratty looking w/gnarly feet -but they seem to have gotten worse since the cold weather hit.

    Any ideas?



    Could it be frostbite, even though she sort of had it before it was anywhere near cold?
    Should she be separated?
    Any cream or topical salve that would help?

    Thanks a bunch in advance!

  2. soonerdog

    soonerdog Songster

    I think you may have the very beginning stages with scale mites.
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2008
  3. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    Do you have any vaseline on hand? Vegetable oil might work in a pinch. coat her legs and suffocate those puppies.
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Quote:Yes, scaley leg mites in early stages. Or perhaps she previously had them, was treated and not all of the effected scales fell off.
  5. ears73

    ears73 Songster

    Jul 30, 2008
    Westchester, NY
    You guys are the best... not only good advice, but in record time! I will look it up and give vaseline a try!

  6. saboyd

    saboyd In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2008
    Thanks for the info... I have a RIR that we bought and she is the same way. The seller said that she was only a few months old, but she looks really old...if you look at her feet alone...[​IMG]

    I will try this and I hope she gets better...thanks for sharing!
  7. spook

    spook Songster

    Even veg oil, bag balm or olive oil will work, so it doesn' t have to be just one thing. In the old days, motor oil (don't hollar at me, it was what the old timers did- can you imagine?! [​IMG] )

  8. Andora

    Andora Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I had a hen with scaly leg mites who looked just like that! I coated her in vasoline (actually unpetroleum, feel more comfortable using that) every two or three days. For good measure I dipped her coated legs and feet into some lice killing poultry dust.

    The mites can spread to your other birds, especially via the roost pole! If I were you I would coat everyone's legs, if possible, to prevent an outbreak, clean out your coops often for the next few weeks, and disinfect your roost poles now and then again once you are done treating. Once we got scaly leg mites and lice going in our coop, it was so hard to rid of it all totally!! Good luck.
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, I'd treat them all for scaly leg mites!
  10. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    Ivermectin will take care of that along with any lice, other mites and most worms.

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