Will the real chicken doctor please stand up

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gearmpr, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. Gearmpr

    Gearmpr Out Of The Brooder

    Ok I have two questions for y'all. First, just a couple of days ago I noticed one of my birds losing feathers on her crop, exposing it. I haven't had the second to go out there and feel it to see if it's impacted, but in the meantime, any ideas of what it could be? Also, another question, another one of my birds seems to be getting the chicken version of dingleberries along with missing feathers near her glutemus Maximus :p, raising these birds is new to me, so I'm hoping these questions are nothing to worry about. Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Are your birds older than a year, it sounds like they are molting.
     
  3. Gearmpr

    Gearmpr Out Of The Brooder

    Yea they are, it's just weird for it to start in the crop area, but I suppose it's all it is
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    It usually starts at the front and works it's way back, ending in tail feathers and wing feathers.
     
  5. Gearmpr

    Gearmpr Out Of The Brooder

    Ahhh I see I see
     
  6. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The poop on the feathers isn't unusual. My cochins have more of an issue with it on their rear than any of the others. It's not too bad, but IF it does I will have to pull them and help break it up gently with warm water, and make sure their rears are fairly dry before bringing them back out (it's been chilly here).
     
  7. Gearmpr

    Gearmpr Out Of The Brooder


    What kinds of problems will it cause? And how do I prevent it?
     
  8. chickmomma03

    chickmomma03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IF it's too close to the vent it can cause issues. And there's really not anything you can do to prevent them from pooping on themselves. Poop happens. I don't want matted fur/feathers if it gets bad. With my cochins they have really long fur on their butts, moreso than the other girls do, so it just gets on them.
     
  9. Gearmpr

    Gearmpr Out Of The Brooder

    Oh ok lol I didn't know if it could cause rashes and mess with production. Or if I should keep their butts shaved or something lol
     
  10. Mr Beaks

    Mr Beaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wanted to mention Flystrike as a potential problem. Sometimes flies will set up camp in those dingleberries and lay their eggs there. Once hatched the maggots have a tendency of making their way into the chickens vent :sick which becomes their new home. So it's best to keep their rumps clean if possible.
     

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