Recently got some new hens and their legs are very thick and scaley. Does this look normal?

  1. I had just gotten some silky chickens from someone who was selling them for pretty good deal. I arrived at night so they were all roosting and didn’t seem like anything was wrong. I got home and put them in their cage everything seemed fine till the morning when I let them all out, I noticed that my white girl was unable to walk and her toes were falling off!! As were the other 2 but a lot “less” worse (some toes already fell off and healed) I was beyond mad!! However the elderly lady was very kind at pick up and even gave me one for a graduation present so I told her to treat her whole flock in the nicest way possible with pictures of my chickens legs and feet (missing/ falling off toes) she blocked me never got back to me. Anyways, to treat I used first soaked In lukewarm water till scales were semi soft, dunked in ivermectin to kill the mites (held them in front of a fan to completely dry) then continued to wrap feet in organic Jojoba oil and kept wrapped for a few days (changing dressings daily and adding more oil) she healed and was able to walk the next week. I also on the safe side dunked all of my chickens feet in ivermectin (dried in front of fan) this was my first encounter with anything wrong with any of my chickens and it surprisingly wasn’t the hardest thing to get rid of.

  2. Honestly this sub makes me terrified of what could happen to my chickens! I am learning useful info about how to treat different ailments though!

  3. I've felt the same way reading on online forums for chicken owners. While many people seem lovely and really care about their birds, there are also a lot of chicken owners who don't seem to view chickens as animals. Weird home medical treatments, even weirder home surgeries, ignoring things like established treatments, and culling the chickens/roos for pretty much nothing (not talking about people who specificallly raise them as meat birds).

  4. This sub made me realize these birds are so high maintenance that I’ll just enjoy everyone’s pictures of their birds!

  5. This. I'm tired of seeing people with sick birds play the "what-if roulette". What if we used this combination of oils? What if we didn't? What if we used this dust? No dust? Who knows!!

  6. When I had a hen and a rooster each with leg mites I needed this done so I bought some cheap cooking oil (canola maybe?) and grabbed a paper bowl. Only took a few days and they were back to normal. It can be done cheaply and effectively so it’s best to treat it sooner rather than later

  7. Scab mites. I've never had chickens with this, but I would isolate them immediatly and google for a treatment thats available where you are.

  8. I’m so glad I saw this! I will start treatment right away. I’m sorry for being ignorant, Valentine! (One of my chickens) I read that Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) is good to sprinkle in bedding. Any advice? Edit: for spelling & to note that just thinking of mites is making me itchy.

  9. Diatomaceous earth in the bedding doesn't really do a whole lot other than make your bedding dusty. It is a very fine powder and not good for chickens to inhale.

  10. I dunked my birds feet in soapy water and massaged them with textured dish glove. Pat dry and generously apply petroleum jelly. Repeat every day as needed. I noticed by the 3rd day, scales falling off and fresh growth underneath. Sometimes scabs flake off and you can tell the flesh is quite raw underneath sometimes a bit of blood, just be gentle and load up the Vaseline. Mine weren’t quite this bad but close - and all better after 3-4 treatments

  11. This helps with the healing and recovery for sure, and can inhibit the mites, but you still need to attack with dewormer or powder to kill the mites, especially with an infestation this bad.

  12. Pretty severe case of scaly mites. I had a few hens that came with this. Unfortunately, topical treatments don't work for advanced cases scaly mites, since they're under the scales and topical treatments don't reach them. My vet prescribed ivermectin injections, which were very effective, and also helps control feather mites.

  13. Scaly leg is ugly and painful, but easy to treat. Soak the legs in anything oily; I use a 50/50 mix of canola and baby oil in a spray bottle, and I will add some tea tree if there is crusting and scabs. Repeat every week or so until their legs look good again. There's old time recipes like soaking in kerosene or used motor oil, but that's horrific.

  14. I didn't read all of the comments, but I had to deal with scaly leg mites getting hens from a farm. Save yourself the trouble and just use ivermectin. the oils and vasoline just take too long to do the job. Ivermectin between the shoulder blades. Once, again in 3 days, and again in 8.

  15. My vet had me do soaks in mineral oil for one of my hens who got mites...but they were not this bad. I would check with a vet to see how to help your chicken friend!

  16. I haven’t read the source, and I’ve never even heard of this method, but would you dip your own feet in gasoline? Raw open wounds in gasoline? It just sounds horrific

  17. Baffled this is being downvoted. There are some pretty gnarly treatments out there that are completely effective. I appreciate that you not only backed up your statement with resources, but that they are from valid sources. People seem to think that chickens respond to pain like humans. They don't. And furthermore, every person downvoting you should remind themselves thar we use Rubbing alcohol on wounds to prevent sepsis and infection. That burns like hell, but is wonderfully effective. Sorry bout your karma dip for providing info With sources. Unlike most people on this page.

  18. Dr. Darre is pretty well the only one recommending this treatment (any other sources reference his slide almost word-per-word), and I cannot find anything wherein he explains his rationale for this treatment over ivermectin, moxidectin or sulphur, which are well-documented and effective treatments (the A&D ointment is basically just the petroleum jelly part of already established treatment protocol).

  19. Gasoline serves to dry the skin is all. I have used this treatment method with success. Don't know why you're getting downvoted.

  20. This may be an effective treatment, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend the average chicken owner to try using a substance that produces VOCs, gasoline vapors aren't super safe. Dunking chicken feet isn't easy if the chicken doesn't like being handled, they'll flap and kick, likely splashing gasoline all over you.

  21. We got a silkie rooster from a lady who was getting rid of him. We brought him home and noticed his feet were thick and scaly and he limped on occasion, didnt walk well and tripped sometimes. He just seemed to be in pain. I began with putting petroleum jelly on all the chickens daily but worried it wasn’t enough. I read on the chicken chick blog a treatment of dunking the feet in gasoline for 45 seconds, letting it dry, then smearing A&D ointment first day, just ointment next then repeat gas and ointment 3 rd day. It’s a fast a effective treatment. Even though a it’s gasoline, it dissipates relatively quickly. We treated the flock this way to prevent the mites spreading to the others. We’ve continued with the rooster putting petroleum jelly on his feet every other day or third day just to keep them soft and let the scales slough off. We’ve monitored the girls to make sure they don’t have signs. We cleaned out the coop and spray everything down with a vinegar solution, put in hemp bedding and took out the hay. We sprinkled diatomaceous earth throughout coop as well. We really wanted to come at it from all ends to prevent an infestation. So far so good. It’s a pain I. The ass but I can tell you that the rooster is now very happy and sweet and comes running up when he sees you. I think he’s grateful for the help and his feet look so much better. I know what people are going to say and judge that we used gasoline but it works and it was quick and the rooster is happy again.

  22. They got mites, soak the legs in olive oil for 5 - 10 minutes till they're looking like normal legs again. The oil kills the mites. Also clean the coop in and out, spray something against mites and replace all bedding/nests

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