Ugly chickens - what is wrong with this chicken????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lifespassion, May 31, 2010.

  1. lifespassion

    lifespassion In the Brooder

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    Hello everyone. This is a picture of my neighbor's chicken and I was wondering what was wrong with it? This is the worst looking one, but almost all of them lost feathers on their rumps and have sparse tail feathers. Their skin is pink. At first I thought they were molting, but they don't seem to get any better. I'm a new chicken mom and if I let mine free range in a month or so, I don't want them over by their chickens if they have some kind of disease. I'm not sure if they are being pecked at, or have a vitamin deficiency, but it sure is sad. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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  2. HeatherLynn

    HeatherLynn Songster

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    Holy cow, what the heck have they done to that poor thing. Could check them for mites and seven dust the poor things. Vitamines, egg yolks, ACV. I would try it all. That poor poor bird.
     
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  3. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Songster

    [​IMG] Poor bird! I would NOT allow my birds to free-range with a neighbor's chicken looking like that. I WOULD keep my birds in lock up, confined to a run far away from the neighbor's property.
     
  4. suzettex5

    suzettex5 Songster

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    I dont have any experience with the breed, but could that be an extreme version of a 'naked neck'? And you could be right, it may be molting, or feathering out- but it kinda looks worse than just that. I have a few young roo's who are VERY slow feathering out and they have some sad looking naked backs. Mine are not that severe, and I know they arent being picked on, just having a tough time getting feathered (they are hatchery frizzles too, so who knows what their poor genetics are).

    Hmmmm, that is sooo sad, that chook has gotta be cold.
     
  5. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Thats the worst moult ive ever seen. Simple fix, increase protein (ie Catfood is high or scrambled eggs)
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Could be going through a severe molt, but I doubt it.

    Those chickens need to checked for lice/mites, wormed and given a high protein diet.
     
  7. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    My guess is a serious case of mites. The seramas I rescued from Mississippi looked alot like that, but with a 6month war on the mites,I'm glad to say they are MITE FREE!!! Finally.
     
  8. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

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    She is going threw a hard molt, looks like she is not being fed right either (way too thin from the looks of the brest bone poking out), most likely wormy and she will have a tough time growing new feathers if things don't change.
     
  9. WV_Hillbilly70

    WV_Hillbilly70 Songster

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    If my neighbor had chickens or any other animal for that matter that looked that bad, I'b be tempted to call animal control and atleast have them come out and check thier care and living conditions....very sad.
     
  10. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    Holy Smokes! I've never seen a chicken that looked like that! I agree with Mahonri, that poor chicken needs the works, probably the rest of them also.
     

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