What Is Wrong With My Hen's Feet?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by corliss, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. corliss

    corliss Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got an 8 month old SLW who started a mini-moult last week, mostly on her neck. It has changed her behavior significantly and now she is the peck-ee, not the peck-er, as before. But what worries me is that her feet (especially between the claws) and legs are suddenly displaying this pinkish/reddish color. I hope the pictures show this clearly. Please let me know if you recognize the problem and what I might do about it. I greased her up with shea butter tonight but I doubt that's going to do much.

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  2. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Looks like hormonal changes. Is she laying?

    As a side note, most often that color change can be seen more on a rooster. Are you sure she is not a he?
     
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  4. corliss

    corliss Out Of The Brooder

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    Absolutely positive she is a she as she's been laying since early August. Do their feet change color temporarily when they moult?
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    [​IMG] because I've been noticing the same thing. I keep thinking, oh horrors, leg mites, but there is no sign, and I've never seen any kind of mite on them anywhere.

    It's only on a few of mine, more the roos than the hens and more on the light leg colors. Would love to be assured it's hormonal.

    I do have some molting; I'll have to look to see whether there is a correlation.
     
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  6. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are molting and laying and their feet turned pink like that, IDK why but since they are acting normal otherwise I wasn't concerned, but I would be interested to know why.
     

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