greasy head - sign of illness?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bonchik, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. bonchik

    bonchik New Egg

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    I am new to chicken farming. I have 6 12-week-old pullets. One of our Rhode Island Reds recently began to look as if her head were wet or greasy. What might this mean? also, all the chickens have been eating the single-cell foam insulation that is on the underside of the chicken coop. Is this dangerous?
     
  2. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
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    [​IMG] from KS

    Since they are RIR are you sure it is not blood? Take a wet cloth and wipe her head and see if it is red. If not could they be getting under a car or something? Do they free range at all? I'm sure eating the foam is not good for them.
     
  3. Pennyhibbitts

    Pennyhibbitts Out Of The Brooder

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    my chickens ate my foam insulation it was like the kind you use to pack in mail packaging..it has been two months ago and they are fine. however, i too have three rooster with greasy heads..anybody know what it mea ns?[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Bonchick and Penny, neither one of you are not giving much info for others to help. Do they free range? Penny how old are yours? What are you feeding them? Have you checked to see if they have been pecked and it is not blood?
     
  5. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Pennyhibbitts,
    BTW [​IMG] also.
    This is a great learning forum. Just remember to give as much info as you can about the issue with your chooks.
     
  6. Pennyhibbitts

    Pennyhibbitts Out Of The Brooder

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    i have checked it is not blood..they just have a greasy look and feel..no color..or odor.
     
  7. Pennyhibbitts

    Pennyhibbitts Out Of The Brooder

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    my hens are backyard chickens..not sure what free range means but if its do they run around loose outside..yes. but i put them in their henhouse at night.
     

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