Chicken dandruff?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Keen, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Keen

    Keen Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure I would call this an emergency but I'm still curious!

    Just came outside to all 3 hens just preening as normal on one of our patio chairs. When they left for the garden again I saw the chair was covered in almost clear flakes, and a couple of tube looking things. I have taken some photos because I can't describe very well - any thoughts anyone?

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  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    totally normal :) it's the cuticle around the feather shaft. as the feather grows they clean it off
     
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  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When feathers come in they are encased in a "tube" kind of structure... I can't think what it's called right now. Those fall off and are picked off and they do sort of look like dandruff. I bet if you look in the coop under the roost you will find the same stuff stuck to poop. Nothing to worry about. [​IMG]

    Edited: "cuticle" - thanks, Frosthazard
     
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  4. Keen

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    Thank you both!

    I figured it would be normal, but we've had them for just over a year and I've never seen it before so it was worth asking at least :D
     

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