Pullet Acting Sickly and Has Matted Feather Areas


Nov 20, 2015
Crozet VA
A few days ago I noticed Velvet, our 22 week old pullet, had two areas of matted feathers. I looked in between and they seem like they have been matted but no discoloration (no blood). She also stopped laying an egg. Today she seems sickly and wants to sleep all the time. I wanted to see what your opinion was on the matted feathers? Here are some pics:





What do you think?

Thanks in advance!
Thank you for the article. I read it, slipped on the gloves, lubed my finger and, you know the rest.
Pretty sure I went far enough but I didn't feel any egg.

In the morning I plan on giving her a bath and then letting her chill indoors. That might help with the feather matting and in case she is egg bound still to pass it.

Can a respiratory illness cause feather matting? When my husband went to go pick her up she snuffled. Maybe it's snot on her feathers?
No, but possibly parasites. Have you ever wormed her. Chickens need to be on a regualr worming schedule. There's many, many reasons for watery stool, and unfortunately my knowledge doesn't go to far into those areas.
. I do know that you should worm them and you can also try vitamins...like b12. You mentioned respritory infection. How is the ammonia level in their coop? Is it well ventilated? This is the time of year that can become a problem.
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Where can I get a dewormer? She doesn't have watery stools though. However, if they need to be on a regular schedule for deworming I'd best get on it. I do have B12 and electrolytes which I can give her.

The coop is super clean and well ventilated. No ammonia smell at all. We use pine shavings and change it out every 2-3 days so there is no buildup. If I see poop I clean it. I think I'm a little OCD about it.

I will see how she is in the morning and see if a bath helps with the matting. You don't think it could be mites or live though? I haven't seen any but just curious.
Well sure it could be, but usually close inspection and you would see them. Do you give them DE mixed with dirt to dust bath in?

I know many people use this:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/fleming-laboratories-17-wazine-8-oz?cm_vc=-10005 I'm sure you can get it at many places online this is just the first I copied from google.

I've been meaning to get some myself. You can't eat the eggs for a while when worming them, I'm sure the bottle says.
I do use DE. I had read it was good against mites so I sprinkle it everywhere.

Thanks for the link. I'll check out TSC. It's where I got my antibiotics :)

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