Sebright Bantam has crusty yellow skin condition and is pulling feathers from chest. Please Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RubyRock, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. RubyRock

    RubyRock New Egg

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    I'll keep my story short (haha).

    Three-four weeks ago we inherited a very young Sebright Bantam (not sure how young but she isn't laying yet and its been nearly a month) from the lovely lady who sold us our ISA Brown. When we got her home we noticed she was sneezing a little. Initially we thought this may be due to the stress of transportation etc.

    We quickly noticed she was sick. She was quarintined outside, and then taken to the vet who put her on antibiotics.
    A whole week inside in her own climate controlled, cat free bedroom and she was back to normal. Chirping at the birds outside and generally running around happily making a mess.
    She was moved outside next to the main chicken coop in her own private villa, and then a few days later introduced to The Flock (Sussex's Lucky and StirFry, and ISA Brown Raven).

    For the last week and a bit everything has been great! She stays in the house more than the others (but she seems to love being higher up like a bird!) but when they get a chance to run around in the vegetable garden, we put her on the ground to scratch around and have fun. She's still a bit nervous with the bigger chickens but they don't pick on her too much, it looks like this will be a good integration.

    We checked on the chickens Sunday morning and all was well. Sunday at 3:00 we went back and she had pulled out feathers from her chest! We checked the internet for everything!! Mites, Lice, protein deficiency, persistent picker (oh no i might have to cull her), broody, moulting. We gave her some dried cat food, checked her over and all seemed fine. We did a mass clean out of the entire chicken house, limed the floor, washed the inside walls, added fresh bedding and flooring. Cleaned water.

    I checked on her again Tuesday morning, and she isn't pulling out too much more but i noticed these yelow crusty patches under her "armpits/pectoral" area. HELP!

    Whats going on with my little girl (her name is PrimaDonna). The pictures show you the bare chest which I hope is moulting? and the yellow crusting. The area spreads twice as far back but not to her next or on her wings, but i couldn't take a photo, hold the chook and push some of the feathers back enough to show you the extent.

    When holding her she did kinda "scratch" at it with her beak so its clearly itchy.

    Any assistance would be very much appreciated! If it gets worse we'll take her to the vet but they aren't poultry specialists and i know they'll do skin scrapings and drag it out etc etc and this will get extreeeeeemly expensive very quickly and put poor PrimaDonna through even more waiting/messing around.

    1. Shes eating normally
    2. She appears to be drinking normally
    3. She hasn't lost weight
    4. There appear to be no lice, mites or other issues.
    5. Other chickens don't appear to have any issues. I've noticed a few extra black feathers around but that could just be the ISA brown getting put back in her place by StirFry the Flock Sargent.
    6. from the pictures below she has clear bright eyes
    7. she isnt red around the face and I hope this is because she is still very young.
    8. We live in the Australian "Outback" and the weather is warm and dry, but we do have a misting sprayer that waters a small part of the side of the chicken house as well as the vegetable garden every night for 20 minutes. Its warm and dry enough that by the morning its lovely in the coop. (see picture below of house and space)



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  2. RubyRock

    RubyRock New Egg

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    Can anyone assist, the "scap" has spread a little up her neck since Tuesday.
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2012
  3. RubyRock

    RubyRock New Egg

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    Problem resolved! It turns out she was molting.

    Due to the "itchy" nature, she was scratching herself crazy.

    I used "moogoo" udder cream for two days morning and night to soften the skin where she had scratched. On the last day we washed her in Malaseb (5ml for 8L of water), it's a product we used for our kitten when she developed a skin condition. We fed her some mealworms and upped the protein it she's getting better every day. Her new feathers have come through nicely and she's as happy as always.
     
  4. cowcreekgeek

    cowcreekgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to hear your little first lady has improved; didn't see your thread 'til resolved.

    One thing that may help, in regard to sifting through to find answers … rather than relying upon the built-in search feature, which seems to offer anything/everything, try googling this website like this:

    keyword keyword "phrase inside quotation marks" site:backyardchickens.com

    Works for other sites as well, of course, and site:.edu or site:.gov is sorta handy as well ~'-)
     

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