HELP!!!!!! NO ANSWERS-- Red inflamed skin/ vent area. Loss of feathers on wings, vent and legs, wh

amiller

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I've read several posts all describing what I am yet no on has been able to get an answer. Everyone suggests mites but the other chicken owners with my problem keep saying what I do... NO ONE else is sick and there are NO mites.

Here's what we describe:

A rooster with major feather loss-- he looks like pictures of a HARD, HARD molt. He has no wing feathers. His thighs have now lost feathers. He has no feathers around his neck and vent area.

The front of his legs are scaly and the back are red and inflamed and have sore spots with a few small scabs like his skin cracked in a spot or two.

His vent area is VERY red and inflamed.

He has NO white patches on his comb (like favus) yet he has white circles on his breast bone in the middle of all his inflamed skin.

HE HAS BEEN LIKE THIS AND GETTING WORSE FOR ABOUT FIVE MONTHS NOW. HE DOES NOT HAVE MITES OR EVERYONE WOULD HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS. NONE OF MY OTHER BIRDS HAVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS EVEN THOUGH THEY'VE BEEN WITH HIM THE ENTIRE TIME.

I am at my wits end and he has begun to hate me. I've tried several treatment methods and the only thing that seems to provide any relief is coconut oil with a bit of lavender in it rubbed on his skin and legs. I know it's painful for him to be picked up and he HATES being treated... yet he's still VERY active and his girls LOVE him.

I don't want to put him down but am beginning to think I it's my only option.

Please offer any suggestions.

Thanks.

He looks a lot like this... except his skin is much redder and inflamed and he has NO feathers on his wings. He just has feather shafts. I will get pictures tomorrow.

https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/317942/what-is-wrong-with-my-girl

In addition, this thread went no where but PERFECTLY described my situation. If you read page one, it describes the same symptoms... mostly roosters and on page two Dave said he had the same problem and it reocccured with the same rooster:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/236812/rooster-losing-feathers-bright-red-skin-and-hot/10
 
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Suzie

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Can you please post a picture of him? It may help anyone to help diagnose what his problem is.

Have you tried to bathe him in a weak betadine solution ?

If his legs are affected he may have scaly leg mites which can also affect other areas of his body...

Please ,if you are able to post a photograph..there are many people on BYC who may be able to help you to help him to get through this and be healthy again.

Wishing you and him all the best.
 

boskelli1571

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Hi there, sounds like you have quite the mystery on your hands. I just waded through the chicken health handbook and came up with the following that match some/all of what you describe: 1) ergotism - unlikely since it's been going on for some time and all the flock eat the same ration, 2) lymphoid leukosis - more likely but difficult to diagnose & 3) dry pox, a possibility. Only you can determine which (if any) of these fit the bill, do you have an avian vet nearby? It might be worth a visit. Please let us know what you come up with as a diagnosis. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you,
 

amiller

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Please see my edited posting. I added the threads I saw on here that had very similar pictures and the second thread had the SAME EXACT symptoms but no answers.
 

Eggcessive

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Pictures would be most helpful. It sounds like he may have scaly leg mites, but I can't tell without a picture. I would think the other chickens or just one is feather picking him. The areas will be bare and red-looking, especially around the vent. I would look him over very carefully at night when he is on the roost with a headlamp, and look around and under the vent area for lice and mites. The eggs will be fairly easy to see at the base of feathers. If it were me, I would place him in a large dog crate with food and water for a couple of weeks to see if he has any re-growth of feathers. If he has mites, treat with Sevin dust 5%, clean out the coop and nests, and spray walls with permethrin. Here are a couple of links for you:
http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification.html
http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8162.pdf
http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
 
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