kathnkyle

In the Brooder
11 Years
Jul 15, 2008
55
1
41
Dorset, England
Hi, I am relatively new to having chickens and need some help as one of them is unwell! She has been losing feathers for the past few weeks but apart from that she has been fine (eating drinking and laying well) but over the last week she has had scab appearing where the feathers were! I have checked her over and I cant see any type of bugs on her and the other 3 she lives with are fine! I have taken her out of the run and put her on her own today just incase but am not reallt sure what is wrong could it just be moulting??? And what i should be doing so would appreciate some help!
She is about 30 weeks old, not sure what type of bird she is!
Here is a picture of her before:



Here is a picture of her scabs and feather loss by her bum:



All help would be much appreciated!!!
Kath
 

redwa

Songster
12 Years
Aug 9, 2007
158
0
129
Not sure, but it doesn't really look like she is molting. Some parasites are only visible with a magnifying glass. I would rule out mites or some other parasite and treat her. Especially since she has scabs. Is anyone else picking on her?
 

Biddieacres

Songster
11 Years
Mar 31, 2008
1,086
4
171
She is so beautiful! I am curious what is happening. Sorry I don't have any information for you.
 

claud

Songster
12 Years
Dec 12, 2007
843
2
162
PA
Well, I'd rule out parasites first. She IS growing some new feathers though. Since it is around her bum it could be that she is molting and the scabs are from her being unprotected when she's scooching(is that a word?) around in the nest box.
I'd check really close around her neck area and wings and see if you notice any little spiky new feathers - that would be a sure sign of a molt.
 

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