Need a little help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by VickiD40, Jun 19, 2016.

  1. VickiD40

    VickiD40 New Egg

    Apr 4, 2015
    I have a Rhode Island Red whose comb looks to be pale and also her feathers on her rear end are starting to get matted. I've had them since chicks and am only starting on my third year with them. Is this color natural or should I be concerned?
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    It sounds like she may not be feeling well.

    If her bottom is matted, then you need to try to clean her up.
    A buildup of poop, especially in warm weather can cause problems.

    Get a dish pan of warm soapy water, put on a pair of gloves and clean her bum really well, work the poop out of the feathers and then rinse. Check her vent and the surrounding tissue for any signs of wounds, broken skin, lice/mites and anything else that may be "off".

    Offer her some vitamins in her water and make sure she is eating well.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2016

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