Summer scratching

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by unbaked pegga, May 31, 2016.

  1. unbaked pegga

    unbaked pegga Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had chickens for two years now. Last summer they were scratching their faces quite a bit. This summer they are doing the same thing and bruising their eyes ,their waddles and sometimes their combs as well. . They look like they have black eyes. It is not good for their skin I am sure, I cannot see any broken areas but that will happen. Is there any ointment or anything I could do to stop there bruising themselves
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'd be looking for the reason behind the scratching. External parasites such as mites come to mind. Have you checked them over carefully?
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Ditto Dat!

    Check them over real well for mites and/or lice?
    Best done well after dark with a strong flashlight/headlight, easier to 'catch' bird and also to check for the mites that live in structure and only come out at night to feed off roosting birds.
    Wipe a white paper towel along the underside of roost to look for red smears(smashed well fed mites).
    Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.
    Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.
     
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  4. unbaked pegga

    unbaked pegga Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I swear, I had another poster tell me it was gnats and no see ums because it only happens in the summertime
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That is also a possibility....but it's always good to check for external parasites living on the birds to be sure.
     

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