Chickens feet - whats wrong? *pics*

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  1. Jesse L

    Jesse L Well-Known Member

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    Hi there,

    Ive had chickens for a while and they started to get wierd lumps on their feet. Only the full grown cochin bantams have it though(all 3 of them). The other birds, and chicks are fine. Its just wierd lumps the same colour of the skin. Whats wrong?

    Here is a picture of the foot:

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    Here is a picture of a golden sebrights foot:

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    Other than that they look healthy:

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    Here are the two hens with thier chicks:

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  2. chickenista

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    The pics are too blurry to really see what you mean...
    does it look like the scales are lifting up??
    If so, then it is scaly leg mites.
    You need to trim the feathers back a bit and coat the legs heavily with Vaseline every night for awhile and paint out the roosts with mineral oil or more Vaseline.
    You can also add tea tree oil to the Vaseline or some grapefruit seed oil extract.
    The goal is to smother the mites.
    If that is the problem...
     

  3. Farmfresh

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    I think it is leg mites.

    I dip my birds feet in baby oil to smother the mites. You will probably need to thoroughly clean the coop, replace all bedding, spray with insecticide and paint the roosts with mineral oil. Do this first then dip each and every chicken in the baby oil.
     
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    I have used Pam cooking spray to on their feet. A few applications and it goes away.
     
  5. chickenista

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    DE is another option for the coop. Sprinkle it everywhere when you put in fresh bedding and get it deep into the corners too. Make sure you dust the birds well in DE and oil up their legs before you put them in the coop too.
    Or you could give it a good cleaning and then paint it so that all of the cracks are filled with paint as well.
     
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    where do you get DE??
     
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    Campho-Phenique will get rid of leg mites.

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    Here is where I get DE. I use it for everything, me, the cats food, the chicken feed, the chicken butts. I mix it with vaseline and Sevin Dust and rub it on the crusty feet [leg mites]. I don't put it on bedding-I use Sevin for that.

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  9. Jesse L

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    its not like the scales are lifting up. Just wierd lumps.

    I hate to clip the feathers back on the feet - he has such nice featherd feet! :)

    Could it be anything else before I go ahead and use the mineral oil and vasiline? How long do I keep doing it?
     
  10. Cyngbaeld

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    Could you get some sharper pictures?
     
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    Even though the pics are blurry it still looks like what my silkie roos had on their feet when I got them--scaly leg mites.
    When you put the oil or vaseline it will make the feathers on his legs look awful, anyway, because the dirt and other debris will stick to them.

    Those are some cute chicks by the by!!!
     
  12. Jesse L

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    All i have on hand is some mineral oil.

    How long do I have to keep putting it on thier feet? Will a bleach solution or lime kill the mites after I clean out the coop?
     
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    If you clean out the coop, make sure to paint out those roosts with oil.
    Quite often you can touch the roosts in the day and find the little demons crawling all over them.
    And they will just come back to your birds...
    Sevin dust will kill the mites as will DE, but Sevin will do it faster. Put it on the floor and sweep it around and into all the cracks. Put it in a sock and 'poof' the ends of the roosts and the nest boxes too. Or you can put it in a restaraunt style ketchup squeeze bottle and use that to direct the powder where you want it.
    I would clean the coop and while it is cleaned out paint the walls and get the paint deep in the cracks. If you seal the wood and the cracks then mites of all sorts have no where to live.
     
  14. Jesse L

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    ok thanks.

    I hope thats what this is.

    When im careful - i can pull the little clumps/lumps off...
     
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    If you have lime, you can make whitewash and paint the coop and roosts with it. It will kill the mites. It also will kill any mold or mildew.
     
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    Ok - thanks. So I just mix it with water?
     
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    All the treatments mentioned require repeated handling of the birds.

    I just go down to the feed store (but usually I have some on hand) and get the ivermectin pour on or the injectable, makes no difference. If injectable, pull the feathers back between the birds' wings and drop onto the bare skin one or two drops of ivermectin. If pour-on, use about five times as much. The legs will clear up. Since the treatment is good for twenty to thirty days you may never get a reinfestation. If you do, treat again. The mites are brought in by wild birds, so it can happen. If the feed store or the vet will sell you the ivermectin by the CC in a syringe, figure 36 drops per CC. Last I bought that way cost me seventy five cents per CC.
    Ox

    Oh, I should mention that some people think that for about a week after treatment the bird's eggs will be infertile.
     
  18. Jesse L

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    Thank you.

    I have some ivermectin on hand as a wormer for most of my animals. Its specificly a horse wormer, apple flavoured, oral. Can I put that between the wings, and will it work? How long dose it take to kill the mites?

    For the time being, ive been putting dry-kill on them. Its a lice treatment.. I thought I would see if it worked before i cut the feathers on thier feet.

    Ive painted the coop with lime, and sprinkled some under fresh shavings.

    Edited to ad: Can I feed the ivermectin to them to kill worms?