moulting????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kathnkyle, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. kathnkyle

    kathnkyle Out Of The Brooder

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    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:

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

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    All help would be much appreciated!!!
    Kath
     
  2. redwa

    redwa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  3. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    She is so beautiful! I am curious what is happening. Sorry I don't have any information for you.
     
  4. WA23

    WA23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sort of looks like a slight burn. Is there anyway she can contact anything hot? Light bulb perhaps?
     
  5. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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