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#11351 - 02/28/09 02:13 PM Bleeding feet
Eelstay Offline
New Egg

Registered: 05/19/08
Posts: 9
Loc: New York
I have noticed that some of my pullets, approx. 10 months old, have what appears to be wounds on their feet. The wounds are on top near where the toes join together. There are 10 birds, no males, in a coop 8' X 12' with wood chip bedding
and 4 nest boxes. The coop is heated with a heat lamp on a thermostat set at 40. I have just lately been letting them outdoors during the warmer days for a few hours. Could they be pecking each others feet?

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#11352 - 02/28/09 05:32 PM Re: Bleeding feet
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1973
Loc: New Zealand
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Could they be pecking each others feet
This is possible if they have been confined indoors over your winter, although it would be much more common in young chicks. It is also possible they they have the start of scaly leg mite which is causing an irritation that they are trying to be rid of. Treatment either way is important so that they do not turn this picking into a much harder habit (such as cannibalism) to break.

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