Silkie's "Afro"... Frozen??!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WhitneyG, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. WhitneyG

    WhitneyG Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello :) I have a white Silkie hen. I had noticed for a while, her "afro" (all the fuzz on her forehead/top of her head) looked kind of "dirty." But, today, when I went into the coop, it was almost all gone!!! The poor thing :( You can see her blue skin, and where the fuzz SHOULD be...
    My first thought was this: it's been really cold here (negative temps) so, maybe when she got a drink of water, her fuzz got wet and then froze and fell out :(
    But, I was just wondering if this is a sign of something else... mites, lice, etc.?
    Thanks :)
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    It sounds like another chicken pulled out her feathers. Any chicken with a poof on top will be attractive for feather pickers. You need to look all over her body , especially under the vent, around the neck , and elsewhere for signs of lice or mites. Some mites will only come out at night after dark. Make sure your chickens get 16% protein in their feed, have plenty of room and can get outside, so that they aren't bored. Here are 2 good links to see pictures of what to look for:
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification.html
    http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8162.pdf
     
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