Swollen feet! STILL SWOLLEN! SCALES ARE BLACK. MITES???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mrbstephens, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    My two year old buff orpington has swollen feet. The scales on the front are a little raised and I see two small wounds on the side of one leg just above the foot. The wounds are not black, they are red, bloody scabs. I have her in a dog crate in the kitchen right now. Please tell me what it is and how to treat. Thanks
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  2. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try the search box and look for scaly leg mites. There are several treatments and some good pics to identify what it looks like.
     
  3. welasharon

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    Pictures would be helpful. In the meantime I would soak her feet in rather warm epsom salts water and then coat them with some type of oil..mineral, vegetable, baby...whatever you have. Raised scales can indicate scaly leg mite and the oil will smother them. It wouldn't hurt to put a little oil on her comb too. Sometimes they can get there. Start with that.
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  4. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    So, not bumblefoot? Scaly leg mites can be a problem in the freezing cold winter? That surprises me. Will my other chickens have it too?
     
  5. mrbstephens

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    I'll see if I can get a pic up.
     
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a possiblilty but not likely if affecting both feet and it is usually a localized spot where the infection enters. However, if it has gone on for a long time then it spreads. I have not found scaly leg mite to be overly easy to spread but I would oil all of them just as a preventative.
     
  7. mrbstephens

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  8. welasharon

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    Okay...that does not look like scaley leg mites at all. Are there any black spots underneath? Maybe read up on gout too?
     
  9. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I soaked her feet in warm water with epsom salts. Now that her feet are clean I can see them better. There are no black spots anywhere. The scales on the front of her feet and the tops of her toes are raised. I put vaseline all over her feet and legs.
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  10. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think I'm seeing evidence of leg mites on two more hens. They're not swollen at all but some of their leg scales are raised and/or damaged. Can someone confirm from these pics that this is what I'm dealing with?
     

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