Dealing with chicken's dry skin

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DianeB, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope this the right place to post this question. The weather has turned and my hens are getting dry skin. They just went to the vet yesterday and had a complete look over. I am postitive they have no mites, lice, worms or disease just dry skin. It seems like the dry skin has made them slightly itchy. So, I want to give them some relief. I would like to put at least something on their combs and wattles.

    Would shea butter, coconut oil or some other natural moisturizer work? Is their something I can add to their diet? They are already eating a balanced layer feed and a mix of sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds and grains.

    DB
     
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  2. DooryardChickens

    DooryardChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I just picked something up at our farm supply store today. It's called "VetRx" a Poultry Remedy. Here's what the box says.. "For more than 100 years, the proven VetRx formula has been used as a remedy in veterinary applications. Many poultry breeders and raisers report excellent results in preventing colds in flocks, Roup, Scaly Legs, Eye Worm, etc." It also is recommended by Henry Fichtner of the American Bantam Assoc... he says "The one area omitted is dressing the comb, face, wattles, shanks & toes. After applying this mixture to comb and wattles, it brought a natural luster to the face, comb and wattles and held the sheen for days after treatment stopped." Much more info is inside the box. This stuff sounds great!!
    They also recommend it for use in a vaporizer for birds with "colds". Not sure if it's available online or not. I paid $12 for it at our store. Good luck.
     
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  3. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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