Need help identifying Skin issue

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Melabella, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Melabella

    Melabella Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello everyone


    I hope the pictures are good enough, if not, I can get more tomorrow. MY DD who is 11 didn't do too great a job of focusing the phone, but here goes.

    Silly me who is 13 weeks into my first little flock, thinking that nothing would ever befall them since I am trying to do all the right things, clean coop and run, and now since finding this thread, have started to try and do things well and naturally. Well, I noticed a few days ago, my Roo Duke, started looking dirty. What he looks like is that he has a good case of greasy hair! I thought it was just because it had rained, and they have been ranging along a fence line next to the manure pit. Yesterday I had to catch him and put him in the run, and he wasn't cooperating. When I finally was able to get my hands on him, he was doing a big ol act of being tough, and puffing up, and thats when I noticed he has this yellow gunk all on his skin. On further examination, he looks like he is missing feathers, and seems to have all these spikes, I am guessing where feathers should be. All my pullets all look clean, but upon picking them up, they all seem to have this yellow, greazzzy looking gunk too. What is it? How could they have caught something? I started thinking... I bought my coop used from a woman who was having a forclosure sale and said she only kept 2 hens in there for less than two months. Could the coop have had something? It sat empty and unused in my yard for 10 months before I got chickens.

    Any feedback and help identifying what you might think this is I would be greatful. I haven't gotten through this whole thread, so I apologize for not doing that first. I just want to get going on treating whatever my chickens might be afflicted with.

    Let me know if these pictures are good enough, I will try to get better ones if the are not good.

    Here is Duke the Columbian Wyandotte Rooster.
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    Here is one of my Black Australorp skin
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    Does anyone have a thought on what might be up with them. Now that I think of it, it seems there are a lot of feathers around their run and coop. The pullets all look normal, until I started lifting up their feathers, and they all have this yellow gunk. Mr Roo justs seems to have it more.

    Thank you for any help.
    MB
     
  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually recently noticed something similar on my leghorn and am having trouble finding info. Let me know if you come up with anything.
     
  3. DaniellePage

    DaniellePage Out Of The Brooder

    I don't see the yellow gunk you are talking about.

    BUT... those spikes are NEW FEATHERS! [​IMG] It is about the time of year most chickens molt anyways. There are varying degrees of "moltiness" in chickens. I have seen some bald sad nekid birds out there. Mine are more subtle and modest in their feather renewal.


    Oh ... be gentle in the molt - those new feathers are sensitive and have a rich supply of blood feeding the growth in the quill. Usually they need a little extra protien durring this time as they are growing - look up care durring the molt and see what you can supplement them with.
     
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  4. Melabella

    Melabella Overrun With Chickens

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    Danielle,,

    Thank you so for that information. I also posted the same thing on another thread to some very experienced chicken owners who told me that they didn't see anything either. I feel double relieved now! Ack, and I feel bad for handling so now! No wonder he wasn't a happy camper.

    THey are only 13 weeks old, and some one mentioned a "mini molt". There sure are a lot of feathers all over, even though they seem to be fully covered all over. Mr. Roo just seems so greeezzyy.. not fluffy like the others. I won't worry now then.

    I am learning as I go along. Just have to keep reading, reading, asking and reading.

    These are times when I am humbled by the enormity of the internet.

    Thank you!

    MB
     
  5. DaniellePage

    DaniellePage Out Of The Brooder

    I am also humbled - there are so many experienced folks out there - I learn everyday.
     

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