Red feet

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Red feet

Postby bushpiglets » Sat Sep 11, 2010 2:37 pm

Hi, my blue buff columbian pekin boy has really red feet. I have noticed it is only where the feathers are growing and some of the feather shafts have no feathers in them. :( We live in Rotorua and have had a lot of rain so wondering if this could have something to do with it. They free range during the day but not all day as the different breeds have to take turns.
We put stones down to try to stop the mud in the pens but now I am worried they could be hurting him. He has four pullets with him and they are all fine.
Does anyone know if there is anything we can put on it, where we would buy it from and what might be the cause.
Really appreciate your advice, apart from his feet he is very happy and healthy.
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Re: Red feet

Postby sharron » Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:49 pm

I've never had pekins but i do have Faverolles which are a feathered footed breed and have seen similar once in awhile. I think or suspect :| that it could be because of the increased blood flow with them getting new feathering on there feet. I did the hole washing bit to check for anything and couldnt find a thing and he was still walking ok and doing his job and it seemed to go away on its own. Hopefully someone with Pekins can give you more info
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Re: Red feet

Postby MrQuail » Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:57 pm

I have a theory about this, that sometimes males get red colouration on exposed skin. I know it to be true of my muscovy ducks, that if a male has his neck plucked by other ducks, the skin will develop a deep red tint like his carbuncle. I'm sure I have read somewhere that it is a hormone-related thing. Given that roos have nice red combs I wonder if their feet can get a bit red too? My splash orpington seems to have reddish feet, it's hard to tell with my others as they are a black and a blue so there's too much colouration in their skin.
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Re: Red feet

Postby sharron » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:10 pm

Yeap i have a line of Faverolles that have well i guess you could only call bald spots as they age the skin area turns to the deep red comb color and is more hardened than normal skin, seen a hen recently that had all the feathers plucked off its neck and it was that dark red coloring and hardened, which still doesnt solve the orginal query
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