Caged birds

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by IUfarm, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. IUfarm

    IUfarm New Egg

    Nov 24, 2007
    We have two roosters that we keep in cages (with wire floors) for breeding purposes. One is a white silkie that is 3yrs old. Last winter (we only have this problem in the winter) the feathers under his vent became a nasty smelling, matted mess. He seems healthy, eats well, behaves normally, poo otherwise looks normal, but he (his butt) looks and smells awful! Last winter I even brought him into the house and bathed him. He lived with no ill effects but here we are again this winter (and a second rooster of a DIFFERENT breed) and they both have the same problem. They eat the same food as the other birds... any clues or suggestions?
  2. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    no idea but i figured id give you a bump.good luck..[​IMG]
  3. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Do they have a roost in their cages? What is their diet?
  4. IUfarm

    IUfarm New Egg

    Nov 24, 2007
    Yep! Have roosts.
    What do you think about not being able to take a dust bath (wire floor)?
    Still, I don't know why it gets bad in the winter.
  5. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    Wire cages raise heck with their feet. Painful and can cause wounds. Can you house them somewhere else?

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