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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Pitbull lover, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Pitbull lover

    Pitbull lover In the Brooder

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    I got a new hen and she didnt have any feathers on the inside of her neck. It's just red and I want to know how to help her.
     

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  2. CatWhisperer

    CatWhisperer Crowing

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    Check for mites. Put bluKote orsomething similar on the exposed skin, quarantine her from other chickens.
     
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Wait until she molts, they will grow back...nothing else to do.
    Where did you get her?
    How old is she?
    Did you already have the other birds shown?


    Definitely check them over real well for mites and/or lice.

    Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.

    Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.

    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).
     
  4. Pitbull lover

    Pitbull lover In the Brooder

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    I got her from someone online, her and 4 others. The only other chicken who doesn't have feathers somewhere is my rooster but he plucked his out a month ago when my hen had chicks. All the other hens have feathers or lost some due to mating. I'm just worried they won't grow back. It scares me sometimes because I think she's bleeding.
     
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  5. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    What are you feeding them?
     
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  6. Pitbull lover

    Pitbull lover In the Brooder

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    Scratch and feed. I've been feeding them the same thing for 4 years. I just got these hens. I'm not sure what they were feeding them before.
     
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  7. Pitbull lover

    Pitbull lover In the Brooder

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    Hi. I discovered that she has mites/lice what's the best affordable treatment?
     
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  8. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Crowing

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    Permethrin powder like Dave's Garden and Poultry Dust and that kind of thing.
    I want to say it comes in liquid form too but … well, it's been too long. Dusting the chickens is only the beginning. You'll need to treat your coop - roosts - nests - and dust everywhere - look for any cracks the mites can hide in at night and go after that --- and treat all of the chickens.

    As for the feathers missing on the front of the neck - she may just have (had) a friend that liked to overdo it on the grooming front. I had two sisters that looked like tail-less naked necks because they just wouldn't stop pulling each other's feathers out. When one of them died, the other molted and is now a beautiful fluffy chicken with nary a feather out of place - and she doesn't do it to anyone else. My hens also love plucking the front neck feathers on my roos too. They stand there and let them do it.

    But, I'm glad you inspected for mites - sorry you found them!!! but now you can get the remedy underway!

    Edited to add: Do you have a good dry dusting spot for them? Dusting themselves is the best defense … wouldn't add DE though - added a second article about that:

    Here's a good article on what's available for mite extermination:

    https://the-chicken-chick.com/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification/

    and DE use (maybe not the best idea)

    https://the-chicken-chick.com/the-cut-dry-truth-about-diatomaceous/
     
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  9. Pitbull lover

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    I'm not comfortable using that because I read it is fatal to cats and we have a cat who likes to hangout with out chickens.
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Use the spray then, and keep the cat confined until spray is good and dry.
     
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