What is this on my pullets leg? Please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BYCK, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. BYCK

    BYCK New Egg

    Feb 21, 2014
    Hi there,

    Im relatively new to this chicken thing and am looking for some answers. We have had chickens for a year and a half, but have never seen one of our 15 have their legs change like this. I have a pullet that i hatched from fertile egg. It is now 17 weeks old. Over this last week its legs have been turned from yellow to a slate color. IS it a health issue or is it not a TRUE Barnevelder breed? The cockerel that hatched that i got from the same breeder has bright yellow legs.

    This has happened over the last week! Before that they were yellow. The only thing that has changed is that it has been extremely hot here (30 degrees celcis.

    Im not sure what to do. Any advice out there? Is it scaly leg mite - vaseline and mite treatment in order? OR is it a cross breed and not a true Barnevelder :-(

  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I have no idea about the breed regarding feet/leg color. Your birds feet/legs are clear and has no scaly leg mites.
  3. barrybigbelly

    barrybigbelly Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2014
    dosnt look like scaley mite to me either. scales still look smoth. Usually with Scaley mite the chickens leg scales are rasied up.
  4. KayTee

    KayTee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2012
    South West France
    A similar thing happened to my black sex link at about 12 months old. I panicked because she'd managed to reach some rhubarb leaves and eat them, and I thought she had been poisoned! It turned out not to be the case, but she was starting bumblefoot in both feet. I treated it, and one foot has cleared up completely, but the other still has a small lump in, but which I continue to treat, and does not seem to cause her any problems.
    Her legs seem to be getting lighter again - not as yellow as when she was younger, but not the dark grey that they had been! I don't know if there is a link to the bumblefoot or not, but it seems a strange coincidence.

    Does your girl have any signs of bumblefoot? (Swollen pads, a brown/black scab on the foot, or lumps between the toes?)

    starting bumblefoot:

    7 months later:

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