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Why does Pengi's legs look like this?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pengimama, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. pengimama

    pengimama Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't check Pengi yesterday cuz I was working all daylight hours but he was fine the day before... when I went out tonight his legs looked like this. Anyone know what could cause this?

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  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Possibly leg mites! [​IMG]
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Are you positive it wasn't like that the day before? Or maybe you just didn't notice? What breed and how old? Mature roosters often get a reddish wash down the sides of their legs. I see it in the BR, Buff Orp and the RIR roosters all the time when they reach maturity.
     
  4. pengimama

    pengimama Out Of The Brooder

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    When I picked him uup the day before his legs looked fine, unless for whatever reason I just didn't notice it but tonight it's real obvious. I didn't see them but only to feed and water yesterday though so I don't know how his legs looked. He's 6 months old. I am looking through posts for the leg mites now... Seems there are a lot of different things to try.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, leg mites are easy to deal with. Coat his legs with oil, vaseline or spray with Pam cooking oil to smother the mites. Usually, those result in raised up scales. Red, inflamed legs can be fungal, too, but that might have nothing to do with this. He could be reaching sexual maturity. Treat him for mites just in case, though. Can't hurt!
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Six months old...his hormones are flowing.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That's really what I'm thinking, too, Jim, but he might like a spa treatment! [​IMG]
     
  8. pengimama

    pengimama Out Of The Brooder

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    I will feel silly if it is just hormones but will treat him anyway. better safe than sorry. I am not that experienced in chickens as you see, but they are my spoiled rotten little friends and anything that doesn't look right scares me. [​IMG]
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You're right to ask! Now, you know something new and the boy may get some spoiling just to set your mind at ease, too. [​IMG]
     

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