Hens scratching at ears; head looks dingy & yellow-ish

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by themoldypeach, Dec 16, 2015.

  1. themoldypeach

    themoldypeach Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 26, 2013
    Cadwell, Ga
    I noticed one hen has a small bald spot on the side of her head. I watched to see what was going on and she does scratch at it but not frantically. The bald spot is the only clue that something's wrong.
    So I threw some scratch around my feet to bring them all in for a look-see. A few hens look a little dingy on their heads, slightly yellow. Everyone acts fine. Eating, pecking, general chickenry - all well.
    Perhaps coincidentally, my dog has also been scratching at her ears a bit. Do the same mites infect both chickens and dogs? Cats too? If so, will sevin dust treat the whole menagerie? Or is there something better? Our flock is small and fairly healthy so I don't have a lot of supplies on hand.
    If the problem is not mites, maybe an infection or fungus, how will I know? And in what order should I go about this?
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    I do not know much about mites, but here is a post that I am sure could help you:
    From what I understand, if it is mites you can see them crawling on the birds skin, especially around the birds vent. But I have heard of mites that burrow under the skin. Hopefully that link will help
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    A picture could really help in diagnosing the problem.

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