I am posting this in hope one of you chicken people out there (you know who you are) can shed some light on this.
Amber, my Buff Orpington hen, has been molting. Other than being a bit less friendly than usual, and leaving feathers everywhere, she seems fine. But a couple of days ago I noticed she had pink, reddish stripes up her legs and between her toes. Neither Prudence or Beatrix have this. It does not seem to be itchy or tender to the touch, but it is not usual.
I looked for pictures of something similar online and only found one. That person was also puzzled and had asked for advise. She wondered if it was mites (which I also wondered). Someone suggested washing the feet and applying vaseline. It wouldn’t do any harm and might help if it was mites. There was no mention of the results. So I have been doing that. Amber doesn’t mind and is cooperative.
Still the redness persists….though it doesn’t seem to be getting any worse.
The back of her foot is red as well.
I have not separated her from the others (Prudence is very upset when her beloved Amber is not there) and so far their feet remain normal.
Any suggestions would be MOST welcome. Thanks!