Do Chickens Get Dandruff??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by someplumbcoop, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. someplumbcoop

    someplumbcoop Out Of The Brooder

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    So today I went out to my chickens and a couple of them had little white flakes on their feathers. It looked a lot like dandruff. I was wondering if that is normal and if not, what can I do about it. Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. GAchick

    GAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When new feathers emerge from the chicken, they are covered with a sheath. The chicken grooms itself, breaking the coating, which flakes off. It does look like chicken dandruff....
     
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  3. someplumbcoop

    someplumbcoop Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes it does haha![​IMG] They are about 8 weeks old and still losing their baby feathers, so that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for your help![​IMG]
     
  4. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea perfectly natural.You can brush them with a soft brush if it bother's you.They usualy take care of it themselve's with natural grooming.It will all come off eventualy.
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If you raised them indoors, you know they can be VERY dusty, and that is what you are seeing.
     
  6. someplumbcoop

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    I kept them inside for a couple weeks when they were still getting all their feathers. VERY dusty haha [​IMG] Im glad they are outside now! Thanks for all your help!
     
  7. alamama

    alamama Out Of The Brooder

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    I was just coming to look into this myself. Thanks for the answer.
     
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  8. lisamaree90

    lisamaree90 Out Of The Brooder

    I was just researching this! Finally an answer! Thank you :)
     
  9. taimon01

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    an awnser finaly thanks
     
  10. Ginacbird

    Ginacbird Out Of The Brooder

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    I am so thankful for this site. I saw dandruff on my baby chicks today, and about freaked out! Oh! no! mites or lice!!! I see them preening all the time, so they are working on it! They are all getting new feathers, so we are seeing some chicken dandruff. We are good! Thank you BYC!
     

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