Please help. I have no idea what is happening!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenCrazy8, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a BPR that started to lose feathers on her head after she got a bad case of frostbite. Since then her comb has healed but she has kept losing feathers gradually on her head. Then this passed month she has lost a ton of feathers on her head so now near the back of the comb and half way up on either side of her head she is almost bald!!!!!! I have checked for mites and lice and have found neither. She acts normal and eats properly. The only other problem with her is that she gets poop stuck to her fluffy butt.
    Should I be worried??? I'm a very high stress person and this is freaking me out [​IMG]

    Thanks in advance,
    Zoƫ
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Could she be molting? It's that time of year....

    Poo stuck to the bottom can be no problem, or it can be from diarrhea. Do you think she has diarrhea?
     
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How does the skin look where she has lost the feathers? I had some chickens that I helped treat for extremely scaly leg mites and one had them in her head. I could not see them. THe only way I knew she had them was the feathers were falling out and when I treated her...the skin wiped off too!
     
  4. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @ChickensAreSweet

    No she has no Diarrhea. So she's probably fine with the poo problem!!!
    Thanks!
     
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  5. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I don't think she has scaly leg mites because her scales on her legs are not raised. What did the skin look like on your chicken? Thanks!
     
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Here is a picture. You could not look and tell what was wrong....just that something was. These chickens were at a Pioneer settlement educational type place and the people taking care of them were new to it.
     
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  7. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks so much for the picture! Her skin does not look like it. So it is not scaly leg mites. BUT yesterday I saw said chickens friend start pecking her I thought her friend would never hurt a fly. Guess I was mistaken. So she could be getting hen pecked. I will first see how her friend treats my new chickens I got before I turn this hypothesis into a theory!!!
     
  8. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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    watch them closely to see if you spot any serious pecking.
     
  9. nakstk

    nakstk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like she is molting to me. How old is she?
     
  10. ChickenCrazy8

    ChickenCrazy8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is 1 and a half years old. But the reason I didn't think she was molting was because it started last winter???
     
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