Hi All, I'm quite new to chicken keeping but so far I'm loving every minute and I don't know why I left it for so long!! I have 4 Pekin Bantams who are approx 24 weeks old, only one of which is laying so far. However, the smallest, a lovely lavender, has had a swollen scaly face for almost 2 weeks now. The first morning I saw her, her eyes were closed and I thought she was still sleeping. (It was a little earlier than usual so thought little of it). The next morning her eyes were closed again so I brought her into the house and bathed them open with warm water. The same again the following morning. She is eating ok and seems fine once her eyes are open but she is constantly shaking her head and scratching at her face. I took her to the vet who took a sample of the flaky skin and said she had scaly face mite. She was given a few drops of something behind her head which was repeated the following week. None of the other girls have any symptoms. I am scrupulously clean with their coup, it is washed and bedding etc changed every weekend. Can anyone tell me more about scaly face mite and suggest ways to get rid of it please. Also how long will it take for it to clear up completely and will my girl have any lasting side effects. I'd also love to know if it was caused by anything I have done and shouldn't have or that I haven't done and should have.
Scaly Face Mite
Thanks Kelsie, Just feeling a bit guilty in case it was my fault. This particular girl is my baby, she thinks she's a parrot and rides around on my shoulder and looks so sore and itchy. I think it is Ivermectin that the vet gave her but didn't suggest treating the others. Should I insist they are treated too or wait an see? She lets me scratch and pick off the loose bits which sounds gross I know but she seems better for it. Where do the mites come from? x
Kelsie, I've just read through these sites and it was really useful thanks. My little lavender Pekin Bantam also had a toe missing when I got her and her toes are very black on one foot which seems in line with necrosis of the toes after long exposure. She has also always had a white, dry face compared to the others pink and reddening faces. This seems to show that she was perhaps infected as a featherless chick and has had the mites since I had her. At least I know it wasn't my fault. Thanks for your help, I think I'll discuss these possibilities with the vet next time I pay them a visit.
Thanks all, I took my baby to the vet and she dropped a dose of Ivermectin on the skin behind her head so not sure of the dose.
The dry scales started to come off and she let me pick the loose bits off for her. I started to rub olive oil all over her face and neck to loosen and moisturise her dry skin. She appeared to enjoy this luckily and it seemed to work too. The scales started to come off easily. I have since been away for a week and come home to find she is almost back to normal. She does have quite dry skin peeling off though on the back of her neck and head. She let me give her a good scratch today and most of it has come off, I will try again tomorrow as I don't want her to get too sore. She loves a good grooming and moves her head for me to get to different areas and closes her eyes and makes a soft cooing noise! A bit like my dog really!! She is one very confused chicken!!