Polish chicken who isn't smart enough to get out of the rain

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Must Be Losing It, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. Must Be Losing It

    Must Be Losing It Lost It

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    One of my little polish chicks (well, a large chick) does not seem to be smart enough to stay out of the torrential downpours we've had lately. When I was putting them to bed last night I noticed his head feathers are all spikey and dirty and his skin below the feathers is looking very red.

    Could this be from getting wet or is this something else?

    I keep a very clean coop/pen, dust w/ DE regularly and have no signs of lice or mites.
     
  2. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    [​IMG] My chickens love the rain... [​IMG]

    ...but no red marks to show for it....
     
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  3. Must Be Losing It

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    Could it be fungal?
     
  4. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
    Maine
    If the chick is just getting new adult feathers on the top of it's head, sometimes it is red and bumpy looking. Could this be the case, instead of the rain?
     
  5. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    LOL my pullets are stupid too, it poured down today and their tail feathers were all droopy and wet, so I put a large plastic dog crate out there with a towel and feed in it for them.... they all stood outside it, looking at the feed, and craning their necks squawking to each other like they were discussing the crate.
     
  6. Must Be Losing It

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    I have to admit, my polish chicks are the most verbal of all my birds. And the most nutty.

    At what age do they get their adult feathers?
     
  7. I can not keep my chickens in the barn when it rains !!!
    They run around flapping thier wings and drinking from the ground.
    The silkies are the worst, they just seem to really like getting wet.
    A few go for the worms and bugs that get washed up and the others just run around like thier a bunch of idiots.
    Sounds like a chicken to me.
    As far as the red spots, it could be flushing. Where did this wives tale come from that chickens drowned themselves in the rain ? ? No drownings here !!
     
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  8. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    Quote:Lol my girls aren't polishes, but they are chatty! ... I have RIR X Col. Rock
     

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