Why do their feet look weird?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Little Miss, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Little Miss

    Little Miss Out Of The Brooder

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    My birds feet look very odd. The scales are peeling up and their feet look bigger. My first thought was I had an outbreak of scaley leg mites but I'm not sure because their legs are not dry or rough. If a bird has scaley legs mites, are their legs supposed to feel moist? They're not slimy but they feel similar to a damp rag that's been left to sit for awhile. The legs are still smooth except for the ends of the scales that seem to be "folding" up. Their coop runs over a ditch that generally has a little bit of water in it at all times so I am suspicious about the mites. They get their feet wet and the weather does not help. One day it will be in the low forties and the next it will be in the seventies this time of year. With those factors combined with the symptoms, I don't know if I can just jump to the mites. If it's not mites, what is it and how can I treat it?
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Can you post a picture? That would help.
     
  3. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

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    X'2 Really really need to see picture, it does sound like scaley leg mites....
     
  4. Little Miss

    Little Miss Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry if the pictures aren't very good but my birds were none too happy about being "captured" against their will.
     
  5. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

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    Well that for sure is not scaley leg mites UNLESS it is just starting??? I have not seen anything like this before....the feet look inflammed...do you have fire ants or something else that might be irritating the feet? Just guessin g possibilities here........
     
  6. Little Miss

    Little Miss Out Of The Brooder

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    It's too cold for fire ants right now. [​IMG] In fact, pretty much all the nasty biting bugs and such are gone for the winter.
     
  7. cowcreekgeek

    cowcreekgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wonderin' if it's not some form of fungal or bacterial infection, brought about by all the wet conditions (or, possibly, directly from the ditch )-;~

    Here a shortened list, in the following format:
    Symptom... Possible Cause

    Rough, scaly... Fowl pox; scaly leg mite
    Bowed, weak... Nutritional deficiency-vitamin D; osteodystrophy
    Bone bends... Nutritional deficiency-vitamin D
    Joint swelling...
    Infectious synovitis; paratyphoid; pullorum; zinc deficiency;
    staphylococcosis; tenosynovitis; arthritis
    Shank depigmented...
    Nutritional deficiency-vitamin A; coccidiosis; any low grade slow
    disease (for any length of time)
    Swollen foot pad... Infectious synovitis; bumblefoot
    Toes curled... Nutritional deficiency-riboflavin; genetic; management deficiency
    Foot pad cracked, dermatitis...
    Nutritional deficiency-biotin or pantothenic acid; management
    deficiency
     
  8. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

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    Very good info from cowcreekgal!
     
  9. cowcreekgeek

    cowcreekgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, but it's actually cowcreekguy --> cowcreekgeek ~'-)
     
  10. froggiesheins

    froggiesheins Overrun With Chickens

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    WOW, I always saw gal and not geek...OOPSIE- senior moment! :oops: :)
     

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