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Old 30-10-10, 06:15 PM
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I have been away and since my return have seen that ome of the greenfinches in my garden have large white crusty growths on their claws. Not every greenfinch is affected.
No other birds coming to the feeder have this problem. What is it, is it fatal and could other birds catch it?
I will now clean and disinfect the feeding stations daily for a bit in case this helps.
Any info gratefully received.

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Old 30-10-10, 06:47 PM
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See my reply

Greenfinch but what's the claw disease?
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I have a female chaffinch coming into my garden just now with some kind of foot diseasewill try to get a pic...everytime I see it its alway on the ground feeding,have never seen it on the feeders.....great link peter
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Old 27-01-11, 09:45 PM
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It a big problem, I used to have them on my feeders daily but I have only seen one in many months.
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I live in Horsham W Sussex and have seen a female chaffinch with white encrustations on leg and foot in garden.
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Was just about to open a new thread when I found this one, took a pic of a chaffinch today and when I got home I noticed the strange feet.

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Hi this is caursed by a mite which gets under the skin, it can be treated with an parafin based cream, but you have to catch it first. Another foot problem in birds, is a swelling of the feet this is different to this and is called bubble foot, can be treated with an antibiotic. best regards mac
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Old 05-11-11, 11:45 PM
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Keeping your feeders clean is a good idea. This disease is viral and cannot be treated in wild birds. Birds (usually finches) with avian papillomavirus very often lose toes or a foot...

@JoePublic99: Most of the chaffinches at Warnham NR have this disease...I live 10 mins from Horsham and have chaffinches in my garden that suffer from it too.
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Hi the complaint known as scaly leg, also effects the cere and beak, it is caursed by a mite, I used to get this a lot when we ran a bird rescue centre for over forty years, in them days we used to treat with a paraffin based solution, but now there are other ways. see attached. best regards mac Scaly | Search_Results
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