Rooster has white tumors at base of feathers.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by backyardbarn, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. backyardbarn

    backyardbarn In the Brooder

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    I have only had chickens a year so I am still new at this. My Rhode Island Red rooster has been hanging his head the last week. I picked him up and noticed on the back of his neck at the base of his feathers he had some sort of growth. They are large white sandstone textured growths. What is it? How can I help my rooster? Is it contagious?

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  2. HUmmmm, looks like when my girls had lice. Perhaps that is lice eggs clumped to the base of the feathers. [​IMG]
     
  3. TrystInn

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    Those are lice egg pods - get that poor guy deloused!
     
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  4. dawg53

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  5. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

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    Is it several tiny tiny tiny balls, or one big ball?
     
  6. OregonChickenGal

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    Those are lice eggs. Dust your whole flock and Coop with Sevin 5% asap. Just don't get it in their eyes, nose or mouth. Repeat in 2 weeks.
     
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  7. TrystInn

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    If he's that badly infested, you'll have to treat all of your chickens, the coop, pen, etc. with DE or similar. I'd recommend adding the DE to their poultry dust going forward.
     
  8. ChickensAreSweet

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  9. backyardbarn

    backyardbarn In the Brooder

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    Thank you everyone. Once again you have come through for me. I just had my local chicken expert stop by. His timing was great. He thinks it is mites. He recommended the seven dust plus something called black leaf 40.
     
  10. shay20

    shay20 Shay's Flock of Fun

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    Quote:And then repeat in _____ days (somebody help me here?)!

    *edited* the next post got it right [​IMG]
     
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