Should I be concerned?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by newchickgurl, Feb 8, 2016.

  1. newchickgurl

    newchickgurl Out Of The Brooder

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    Not sure what is going on with this little girl. But as you can see she has a lot of downey feathers still and she is 9 months old. She has them still on her legs and has always had them. She seems to be healthy like all my other girls. The one large feather that is broke happened yesterday evening. Hopefully some can help or help point me in the right direction. Thank you.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you have a rooster?

    Check her closely for lice and mites.
     
  3. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    X2 this is what happens to my girls with my rooster I have to use chicken saddles
     
  4. newchickgurl

    newchickgurl Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't really see my rooster on her - he has lots of girls. But I will have to check for lice or mites. It seems like she never lost her baby feathers.
     
  5. newchickgurl

    newchickgurl Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm going to go check her for lice and mites. Thank you.
     
  6. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it isn't chick down that you are seeing they have a downy undercoat to help keep them warm in the winter so they have 3 types of feathers, the kind you see on the outside, the downy one, and the feathers by their face and ears.
     
  7. newchickgurl

    newchickgurl Out Of The Brooder

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    We just went out and checked her. We did see what looks like dandruff and it did not move. I have diatomaceous earth that I'm going to go spread in their coop and covered run area.
    And check to see what I can use on them to get rid of the bugs. Do you have any suggestions on what works good?
     
  8. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the stuff you saw was technically dandruff it is the waxy coating that surrounds the feather when it is growing out.
     
  9. newchickgurl

    newchickgurl Out Of The Brooder

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    Very good to know. What is a good lice/mite medication for the chickens? If it won't hurt them I would like to treat them just in case.
     
  10. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE just like you thought it gets under their exoskeleton and then they have issues with absorbing water and die.
     

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