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What's wrong with my rooster's legs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by EMarston, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. EMarston

    EMarston Out Of The Brooder

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    My 10 pound barred rock rooster appears to have red and swollen "knee" joints that seem to be making him lame. Both of his feet and both of his legs also appear to be swollen. He now chooses not to roost at night and is prone to episodes of tipping over--almost like he has a "trick knee". He flaps his wings to right himself and then goes back to his usual business, though he appears to walk more gingerly then.

    He otherwise seems to be fine, except for what appear to be painful legs. He is still chasing (and usually catching) the hens, eating and drinking, crowing, and doing other rooster-like things. His eyes are bright, feathers normal.

    I am not sure what this is and whether or not it is treatable...or contagious...

    Help!

    Thanks,

    Erica in MN

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  2. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Have you looked up gout? I know little/nothing about it, but I've seen it mentioned here in relation to swollen feet/legs/joints. Do a search here for it and see if the symptoms are same/similar.
     
  3. EMarston

    EMarston Out Of The Brooder

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    I just looked up gout (both acute and visceral) in The Chicken Health Handbook and the symptoms don't seem to match up. Thanks for the idea, though!
     
  4. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    One other quick thought... could it be scaley leg mites? The scales look a bit raised!
     
  5. EMarston

    EMarston Out Of The Brooder

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    I read about scaly leg mites and thought that might be a real possibility but didn't know for sure if the scales on his legs were raised because I don't have another barred rock or another rooster to compare his legs with. I will look into this further--thanks so much!!

    If anyone else looks at these pics and can tell for sure if the scales look raised (or not), please weigh in!
     
  6. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Just remember that you won't see results right away when you treat scaly leg mites...but apply your chosen oil every day up to the feathers on the legs - I've heard for as long as two weeks. Then you can stop. You're essentially drowning the mites. The scales will take awhile to "heal" but the mites will be gone. I think it takes up to a month to really SEE the difference. Oh, and I understand that it helps - at least the first time - to soak their legs in warm epsom salt water to soften their scales up and make it easier to get the oil/vaseline/whatever in there.
     
  7. DCasper

    DCasper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess is leg mites. Have you tried seven dust?
     
  8. heatherscooby77

    heatherscooby77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, its scaly leg mites. He probably isn't sleeping good. It takes a while to see results. I would do what klmclain1 says, and treat him with one drop of kitten flea and tick medication. Put it between his shoulders, right at the bottom of the neck. That way he can't preen the medicine. Hope this helps!

     

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