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Possibly skin flakes under roosting perch?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by greenshoes, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. greenshoes

    greenshoes In the Brooder

    Oct 7, 2015
    Hi all,

    I have two RIRs and one BR hen, approx 1.5 years old, not laying right now as we are in the middle of winter here in NZ. Upon cleaning out their coop I have noticed HEAPS of grey flakes under the perch where they sleep. I'm assuming these are skin flakes, they are at the end of their moult and they definitely don't have scaly leg issues. Is this grey stuff normal or have they got some kind of sickness? I am battling red mites - is this related somehow? Any advice whatsoever would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    You said they are at the end of their molt, right? Then I believe the grey flakes are feather sheath remnants from their new feathers growing in... perfectly normal... :)

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