thinking of adopting this boy....

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by dandrews1971, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. dandrews1971

    dandrews1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    So I am signed up with area shelters to get alerts if any knid of fowl come in. I got this the other day & have been tallking back & forth. Im thinking of going to get him today.

    He appears to be either brown leghorn or possibly RIR. The description says red & black. I dont 'need' another rooster, but if he can adapt to life with our other roo, he should be fine & even if he ends up heading to freezer camp, his life would surely be better off than sitting in a shelter.

    Here he is, the only photo I have
  2. Angelicisi

    Angelicisi Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2013
    Baton Rouge area
    My Coop
    Thank you for helping the shelters with chickens :)
  3. dandrews1971

    dandrews1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got him. Hes definitely not a RIR or leghorn. Hes a bantam. Feathery legs. Guesses on breed?

  4. dandrews1971

    dandrews1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Poor boy has a case of scaly leg mites. The shelter didnt have a clue about chicken issues, of course. No avian vets there.
    He does appear fairly healthy otherwise. has a few dark spots on that huge floppy comb of his but some iodine & an antifungal cream & hell be all good there.
    Ive seen a bunch of treatments for the mite including vaseline, wd-4[FONT=arial, sans-serif]0, ivermectin. What is the best, quickest method. He is currently in quarantine cage away from all my other birds, so at least I dont have to worry about him passing that on to them.
    He has the funniest little crow. [/FONT]
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    If I have a chicken with a bad case of leg mites, I wash the entire bird in flea shampoo made for cats. Let the legs soak in the soapy solution for 10 minutes, using the warmest water the bird can tolerate. Make sure he is completely dry before putting him back in his cage-especially his feathered legs. Do this once a week for three weeks. Sometimes you have to repeat this cycle.

    I don't like to smother the legs in Vaseline as this sets the bird up for secondary bacterial infection which is painful.

    Another thing to be aware of when treating leg mites is the environment the bird is in is now infected with mite eggs. Keep his cage clean of feces and burn all his litter-burning prevents the eggs/nymphs from spreading. If you compost infected feces be advised the hatching nymphs are spread by wild birds.

    I've also used a veterinary product, Revolution, which is a canine heart-worm prevention applied topically. However I've seen some chickens have neurological issues after using this product so I'm reluctant to recommend it except in severe cases, AND this product is available only through a veterinarian.

    Good luck with him, he's a cutie! Love his floppy comb.
  6. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    Totally a guess here but he reminds me a lot of our Cochin x silkie rooster in that second photo so maybe Cochin or Cochin cross of some sort?
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013
  7. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2013
    From his tail, without me being any kind of breed expert, I would guess he's got some Japanese bantam in him. But offhand I think he's a mongrel. I love mongrels. ;)

    About the scaly leg mites: Stockholm tar. Nothing does it like that, to judge from my personal experience and the anecdotal ones I hear of around here. Apply it to his legs, making sure they're covered with it, maybe even adding a second coat immediately if it soaks in real quick, and leave him be until he looks like he has absorbed it all. Maybe two or three days later add another coat. Usually, that's all that's needed. Sometimes a third coat may be needed in very severe cases where toes are dropping off.

    The Stockholm tar penetrates the whole mass, right down to the skin, kills all the mites, and in a matter of days his encrusted legs will shed their damaged scales and show perfectly normal legs beneath. The crusts just fall off. Strongly advise you to get some S.Tar if you don't already have it --- I've used it on everything from cysts to gangrene to golden staph to ulcers of many sorts, glass splinters, all manner of wounds including messy old fox bites, etc. Amazing stuff. I've also used it on myself and my family uses it too. One of my little brothers has a terribly ingrown toenail and pine tar is amazing for it. Takes out pain, kills even severe and flesh eating infections, goes deep, draws out impurities and foreign objects and makes them vanish, very rarely permits even the tiniest scar to form from the worst injuries... Simply amazing stuff. They love it. Even wild animals enjoy it and even help me apply it, which shows how quickly the pain relief occurs --- almost instantly.
  8. dandrews1971

    dandrews1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have never heard of Stockholm tar. Where would one find this?
  9. dandrews1971

    dandrews1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

    btw, its hard to see in this photo, but he has black & white kind of spotted feathers on his underside. Not a lot, but there are some there.
  10. ChickyDick

    ChickyDick Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2013
    Probably at a produce store.

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