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What's wrong with Maude?

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My Rhode Island Red Maude has a floppy comb and is rather sluggish. She's still got a good appetite, but there's obviously something wrong because she's got a lot of poop splatter around her backside. I haven't noticed any worms, etc in her droppings, but something has been bugging her for a while now. Some of her other symptoms are whitish, scaly feet and legs.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks very much,

Jim

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The scaly legs are probably scaly leg mites.  They are treated by coating them with something oily, or Vaseline, which smothers them.  It helps to wash the legs first with a gentle brush.  Treat everyone.

 

I'd also check for lice and mites around the vents or under the wings.  Check at night, too, because some only get on the birds at night.

 

If you don't routinely worm them, they almost definitely have some, whether it's enough to make them sick or not.  You aren't likely to see worms in poop even if there are a lot.  One thing you can do is take a sample to a vet and see if they will do a float test for parasites.  Not usually expensive, and many who won't see chickens will do this.  I just give mine a dose of Valbazen once or twice a year, but I know there are worms in this soil from caring for other animals.

 

Some chickens get poopy butts just because they have such fluffy butts, the poop sticks.  You may want to give her a bath now and then.  Gives you a good chance to look her over well.  Just put her in a basin or sink with warm, mildly soapy water.  Usually they will relax after a couple of minutes.  Rinse well and dry before putting back out in the cold.  You can dry her with a blow dryer on low heat if you want.

 

I don't know that these will solve her problems, but it's a start.

 

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig140

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/472405/lethargic-chickens-and-now-dead-help

 

http://ucanr.org/freepubs/docs/8162.pdf  (good pics)

 

http://healthybirds.umd.edu/Disease/Deworming%20Birds.pdf

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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Thank you Judy for the very thoughtful and thorough reply. Maude has been one of our favorites for years so I don't want her to be sick! We're going to the store right now to get some Valbazen, and we'll give her a bath too.

 

Thanks,

Jim

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Another question: is diatomaceous earth in the nest boxes enough to prevent most mites?

 

Jim

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Another question: is diatomaceous earth in the nest boxes enough to prevent most mites?

 

Jim


I lightly sprinkle sevin dust in the nest boxes as well as inside the coop, then pat it down to let it settle. (I use hay.)

 


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Another question: is diatomaceous earth in the nest boxes enough to prevent most mites?

 

Jim



we sprinkle our DE in their favorite dusting areas, but yes, i believe it would work!

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Jesus is the ONE AND ONLY WAY! that whosever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life in Him! With Jesus, In heaven, walking in the streets of gold! 

for we walk by faith not by sight. 

The farm blog: http://crownranchmo.com/WordPress/

 

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