Weird "sticky" feather issue.

KungPao

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 19, 2009
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Milwaukie, OR
We have a RIR that we noticed had feathers that appear to be stuck or sticky. Rather dirty looking and we cleaned her up and clipped some of the bad feathers off.

Now we're noticing that a few of the other birds also seem to be developing this issue. They appear healthy, very active and still laying on schedule.

Any suggestions on how to cure this?
 

pixiechick

Songster
11 Years
May 23, 2008
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Jonesborough, TN
Do they free range? Where I live, certain grasses excrete a sticky sort of sap that makes the dogs and horses look very messy. Maybe your chickens are getting into a similar something.
 

Judy

Crowing
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Feb 5, 2009
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I agree, both good ideas, check for mites/lice, then see if you have sticky weeds they run in....
 

KungPao

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 19, 2009
28
0
32
Milwaukie, OR
they really only free range in the yard during the weekends. the rest of the time we have them in the coop and run.

How do I check for parasites?

I was thinking it might be lice or another parasite, but thought I'd ask here before I ran off to buy something that may or may not work.

Thanks for the welcome CMV!
 

CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
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I'm lazy, so I don't check my birds for parasites very often. I just assume they have them and treat them with DE several times a week, and then Sevin them and their coop monthly. I've never had a problem.

But, I know I've seen some folks describe the bug searching procedure, so this is a bump. Good luck.
 

Judy

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
10 Years
Feb 5, 2009
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South Georgia
You can see tiny bugs crawling on the skin at the base of the feathers near the vent. You can also see tiny egg clusters either at the base of the feathers in the same area, or going up the feather shaft.
 

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