is this mites or a molt?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sydney13, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    about 1 month ago my silkie started to lose some of her chest feathers and i thought it was a molt. now she has a big bald patch on her chest and im getting a little worried. could this be a molt or does it sound like a parasite? i know that when they molt they loose the wing feathers and stop laying but she recently started laying her first eggs and i dont think she has lost any wing feathers.
    this was pic a few weeks ago but now she is even more bald
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    i gave her a bath one day and noticed underneath her feathers look like this
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    she had scaly leg mite a few months ago and for about a month i was putting vetrx on her feet each night. some of the scales are still risen up and i was wondering if she could still have the scaly leg mites or if those scales will always stay up?
     
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  2. Year of the Rooster

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    Has she been broody at some point? If she was, then she would've plucked them herself. Feathers take about 6 weeks to grow back.
     
  3. dawg53

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    Looks like mites to me.
     
  4. CMV

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    That looks like a broody patch to me. I see no evidence of lice. Mites would not be readily visible without closely checking the bird's body completely after dark. She has new feathers emerging, so I wouldn't worry about it. Mite damage is usually more widespread, not just reserved to one area. That's why I suspect she has pulled her own feathers out in an attempt to brood. Silkies are well known for being broody.
     
  5. dawg53

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    CMV. Is their skin dark in color too, looking peppered as well? My first thought was broody as well, but after a closer look with my magnifying glass...it could be dirt...but the OP said she had given the silkie a bath. Maybe mite poop or eggs?
     
  6. Year of the Rooster

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    Quote:I think that would depend on whether or not the OP actually used shampoo or just rinsed/dipped them in water.
     
  7. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Quote:Silkies have black skin.

    It looks like a broody patch to me too. Those are new feathers growing in that picture.
     
  8. dawg53

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    OK thanks sgtmom, I didnt know, I've never even seen a silkie in real life lol. But it does look peppered, maybe OP didnt rinse, oh well.
     
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  9. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    those little dots in the feathers are just the dirt from a dust bath she took right before the bath. like you said i didn't rinse well or use shampoo so the bath only seemed to make the dirt burry into the feathers and it stayed like that for a while. she hasn't been broody yet but she does try to cover her eggs with hay so maybe she also tries to cover them with feathers, although i haven't noticed feathers in her nest.
     

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