I wouldn't say it is normal but iit is more common then it should be, It is often caused when young birds are raised in small confined quarters. you can lessen the chances of this occuring by getting your chicks into a pen with a couple roost pole while they are as young as possible. They do better with a playground to exericise. As they grow if they are useing the legiments and tendines of that joint of the leg it will develop as it should, lessening the chances of problem. I have never had the problem when the chichs grew up free range or in a large enough area with low roost. Also Birds growing up too fast and getting too heavy too fast are more apt to develop this problem. Sometimes we can love our birds to death, once the problem occurs remove elevated roost pole or platform. cut your feed back a little, I have used a horse legiment ointiment to the area of leg with ligth message. Keep it clean, Have heard some people thru the years say they believe it can also be causes because of leg mites, either way, leg mites, all mites should be treated regularly. I like to use a dip with 5 gallon bucket and I use a pump up sprayer to spray birds pens and surrounding areas. works good when done at night. I have used liquid sevin, Vetericyn, sulfer, caribary, malation, ivermecotin, moxidectin, their are several other products out there. Always use as directed, Not trying to know anything, just trying to help, wish you luck
I want to add, use the water base products instead of oil base, Usually any product that can be used for food plants are safe to use. I try to error on the side of caution, sevin-5 is a good safe product. remember even just a little poison is still poison. I sure other on the site will help you also, good luck
Just food for thought, I have used Red Apple Cider Vinegar mix into my bird feed mix for ever, the pericidies and bacterias don't like the acidic affect of it, I never have problems with worms or coccidiosis, I even take it myself, 2 tsp with V-8 every morning, sorry if this is off subject
Iv also had this same thing happen in the past with the odd older cock,but if it is seen to with the right antibiotics soon enough, and the infected area keep clean it should heel up with no real problem's, iv also seen young cocks get this happening to them to, but its usually when they have been badly trained, ore as fowlgame as said keep in small space's were they can not get any natural exercise,i wish you the best of luck with him and i hope he recovers ok for you chennai
Greetings, Chennai!:> Sorry for the delay, in responding to your post!
Firstly, I'd like to thank you...for supplying the 'much-needed' close-up photo of your stag's shank! I've taken the liberty to post a cropped and enhanced section (of the noted injury)- from your original photo:> as noted below.
It would appear (to me)> that the initial problem 'irritation' began with an ('in-grown') pin-feather~ *please note the other feathered follicles (feathers on shank)- surrounding the infected area. I would suspect that the initial infection became abscessed (unbeknownst to you)> then came to a 'head' and either drained on its own OR was helped along- by your stag 'pecking' at the area~ that was causing him some discomfort! Either way...you were left with a 'visual' of an inflamed/infected section of tissue~ (existing tissue NOT new tissue growth!). The 'depression' hole that can be seen- is now the 'empty' area, that contained the infected (pus) sack. *please note> red and swollen tissue-is an indication of infection> Also 'secondary' infections can and usually result- from the 'original' site of injury. Luckily, the winter weather (cooler temps)- may slow down an increase/spreading of infection. BUT, with that being said... the situation should be addressed ASAP! I have listed (3) products that we have used on our farmstead~ with great success! I have also supplied the company's website links, for your convenience.
Here is a product description of the mentioned items- as noted on the company's websites:
A fast-drying antiseptic wound dressing for horses and dogs effective against pus-producing bacteria, common fungus infections and ringworm. designed for surface wounds and abrasions.
Keeping bacteria at bay can be time-consuming, but Dr. Naylor’s Blu-Kote makes it easier.
Blu-Kote is a germ-killing, fungicidal wound dressing and healing aid that works to protect animals against common infections and pus-producing bacteria. It penetrates the skin and dries quickly, reducing pus formation and drying up secretions of pox-like lesions.
For animal use:
Treats Bumblefoot in chickens, hamsters, guinea pigs; scratches on horses; goat pox; ringworm; wire cuts
Useful as a marking agent for animals and in treating proud flesh in horses
Useful after castration, on the umbilical cord to dry out the wound
A non-drying, soothing, and softening skin treatment that stimulates new, healthy skin growth while discouraging scar tissue formation.
Developed during WWII under the name “Wound Heel,” Dr. Naylor’s Red-Kote has a new title but remains a staple among farmers, equestrians and pet owners. For fast, safe healing of lacerations, wire cuts, scratches, burns, chafes and other superficial wounds, thoroughly clean the wound area, and apply Red-Kote once or twice daily.
Red-Kote is non-drying, soothing, and softening, and stimulates new, healthy skin growth while discouraging scar tissue formation.
For animal use:
Treats dry scales, leg mites and scaly leg in chickens
Treats bumblefoot, fowl pox; wire cuts
Useful against proud flesh in horses
Helps to prevent white hair in healing wounds
4oz Dauber Bottle
128g Aerosol Spray