Chick with skin problems? Currently isolated and unhappy!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Blue-eyed Red Bird, May 23, 2008.

  1. Blue-eyed Red Bird

    Blue-eyed Red Bird Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello. We are raising our first-ever batch of chicks (currently 3 1/2 weeks old), and overall having a wonderful time of it. BUT, we have one silver-laced Wyandotte that seems to be having some sort of a skin problem or possibly something gone awry with her feathers growing in OR she may have just been picked on really badly. I noticed the other chickens pecking at her 4-5 mornings ago, but hadn't noticed it the day before - I suppose it's possible that it was going on and I didn't notice it, but I don't think so. I don't know if she was hurt from being pecked or if she was being pecked because she was sick. She also seemed pretty lethargic, and wasn't really trying to get away. Anyway, I immediately isolated her from the group. She slept for several hours - seemed just tuckered out. She's been up and about since though, but she is having alot of oozing - It's worst in the center of her back, but there's also some on her chest. (I put some antibiotic ointment on the bad areas.) My husband looked under her wings and thought she might even look bruised. She also seems to have some dandruff-type flakes elsewhere that makes me think her skin might be dry. NEVER any bleeding. And, otherwise, she seems fine - eating and drinking normally, normal-looking excrement, active, etc. She was content for the first several days, but is starting to chirp more and loudly now, and jumping up and trying to get out of the large tub she is in. Her skin overall doesn't look much better, and is still oozy with stiff, sticky feathers. I am afraid to put her back with the others for fear that they will peck her more since she still doesn't look quite right, and I'm also concerned that she may have some sort of infectious illness that will make the others sick. Then there's the worry that if I keep her on her own for much longer, I don't know how well the rest of the flock will receive her. I would sure appreciate any advice you more experienced chicken caretakers can offer! Many thanks for your time!!!
     
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    keep her separated..
    Can you take a pic and post it here?
    what are you feeding?
    Do you have any polyvisol enfamil (if you do you can give three drops in beak once a day for a week then taper off the next) or other poultry vitamin supplement?
     
  3. Blue-eyed Red Bird

    Blue-eyed Red Bird Out Of The Brooder

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    Couldn't get my better picture to upload for some reason. It's pretty hard to see what's going on, just mostly oozing and matted feathers on the back and under wings - Overall I think she's looking better, chest looks normal now.

    I am feeding an unmedicated feed called Dumor Chick Starter/Grower, 20% protein, and then have a powdered vitamin/probiotic supplement that goes in the drinking water once weekly at this point - I'll give it to her everyday at the regular concentration since I know it won't hurt.

    Is there a common disease that may cause this? None of the other 30 chicks seem to be having any problems whatsoever. (We have had no losses - one chick that got a little constipated, got better with some sugar water.) I'm leaning toward thinking this little one was just injured, in which case I'll hope that she just continually improves.

    Thanks so much for any advice you can offer.
     
  4. Blue-eyed Red Bird

    Blue-eyed Red Bird Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's another picture of her - obviously not showing the problem, but just to show that she looks pretty normal otherwise!

    I look forward to hearing back from you, or another helper that knows more than me! Thanks again.
     
  5. Blue-eyed Red Bird

    Blue-eyed Red Bird Out Of The Brooder

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    Just a quick update - She did just continue to improve, and we were able to re-introduce her to the flock yesterday. She appears completely recovered, and it doesn't look like anyone is picking on her. [​IMG]

    Retrospectively, I do think she was just beat up by the others. I wonder why? Just a fluke that they just chose to pick on her?
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    The low man on the totem pole always gets beat on...My crowing hen Slifer was naked when we got her from her shoulders to her tail and on her legs...because they knew that she was "different".
    Just keep an eye on her to make sure that she's still doing alright.
     

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