Golden Comet that doesn't seem to grow certain rear feathers...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by honbon74, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. honbon74

    honbon74 New Egg

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    Hi there, new to backyard chickens and fell in love with a golden comet when I was picking up all the other girls. The breeder didn't want to sell her because she said she had a defect that she wasn't growing certain rear feathers. She was my favorite of the choices, so the woman gave her to me. She is still by far my favorite, she is the absolute friendliest of the bunch. But I noticed when I was bringing her home that she had some clear drainage from her nose. After a couple of days it would just get dark colored, I assume from her rubbing her beak on the ground. So I have been giving her vitamins and that seems to be helping, seems to get a little clogged, but she doesn't seem to be bothered. But her tail feathers, I just can't seem to remedy. Not sure if the two are connected I have been putting the blue wound kote and actually put some coconut oil, just because it looks like it really is dry. Hoping for any suggestions...[​IMG]
     
  2. honbon74

    honbon74 New Egg

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    Wondering if I didn't post this correctly...
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Hi[​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    I'm sorry you are having trouble. I have not seen this before. It sounds like the breeder was familiar with whatever condition that causes this. You may want to contact them asking for more information about the feather loss and the respiratory issue.

    It also sounds like you brought home a bird that may have a respiratory illness. Have you noticed any eye discharge, facial swelling, coughing or sneezing in addition to the mucous coming from her nostrils?

    Try to keep her nostrils cleared and offer her some extra protein like egg or tuna.

    You may want to consider having some testing to see what she may have. A vet can take a sample of the mucous or usually you can send one to an independent or state lab. Some respiratory illnesses are contagious and make birds and those housed/exposed to them carriers for life.

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044

    Independent lab testing:
    http://www.zoologix.com/

    Necropsy and State labs
    http://www.metzerfarms.com/PoultryLabs.cfm
    http://www.usaha.org/Portals/6/StateAnimalHealthOfficials.pdf
     

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