A hen shedding her own skin???? How strange!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by daze333, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. daze333

    daze333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2008
    Port Angeles, WA
    I have a 2 year old black sex-link hen that I noticed today had something hanging on her back. I went after her a little to see what it was and noticed it was stuck on her feathers. So we caught her and found a big chunk of dried up skin (about 6" x 8") stuck to her back. It looks and smells like cooked chicken skin! What it looks like happened is her skin got damaged some how (sunburn? bugs?) and then it died and shed off, but it was stuck under her feathers. So I had to unthread her feathers from the holes in the skin. I had to tear some of it in pieces to release the feathers. Has anyone seen this before? I am not sure what happened to her. She does not have a bare back to get sunburned. No injuries. Her feathers look pretty new, could this have happened during a molt? Her skin underneath is healthy looking. So strange!

  2. sherylreno

    sherylreno Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    Reno, Nevada
    I've never heard of anything such as this happening before to a chicken.
  3. daze333

    daze333 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2008
    Port Angeles, WA
    A first for everything huh? [​IMG]
  4. abkline

    abkline Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2011
    I'm rescuing this thread from three years ago because one of my chickens (silver laced wyandott named Puffin) had the same thing. The chicken with the scab (what we think it is) has not looked good for over a year. She eats, lays and is active, but her feathers are really ratty. I thought when she molted this year, she would look normal, but she only got half way there. Yesterday, I found this thing sticking off her side. My friend who is a nurse, gently pulled the feathers through the holes and cut it off. Upon close examination, it seems to be a scab from a rather impressive wound (now healed). I never noticed any wound and the hen seems fine, but I thought I should post a follow-up since this thread was the only place on the web I saw anything like what was happening to my girl. Hope this helps someone in the future.


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