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A quickie...

TessaTessa Junior Member
edited January 2007 in Poultry Health and Welfare
Our Rhode Island Red is losing feathers on front of her crop and appears to have little black 'flea' looking things on the top of her comb and upper eyelids. She is also very 'hard' around the breast area- droppings normal... The black spots are also on another of our chooks in same spots- comb and eye lid. Pretty sure it's not dirt! Are these problems things I should treat?

(He he, well, now I am well and truly becoming a obsessive chicken owner!)

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  • crazychickcrazychick Senior Member
    edited January 2007
    When you say "hard around the breast area", are you referring to her crop? Her crop is at the base of her neck, slightly off to her right- it fills with food and is usually stuffed full before roosting for the night but empty or nearly empty in the morning. Let us know if you think the hard area is the crop...

    If she has external parasites (and bald patches from feather picking, most likely), then I would deworm her with ivomec, if you can get it. Sandy will have a better suggestion for dewormers that attack external parasites that are available in Australia. Do your entire flock with the dewormer then repeat in 10 days to 2 weeks. In the meantime, you'll have to clean out and spray your coop with a pyrethrin based spray to get rid of any critters that are lurking in the cracks in the wood and floor... Sounds like she has fleas or mites (or lice, but they're not black but tawny brown or yellowish white). If you spray the coop, make sure you do it when all the hens are outside and keep them out for at least a few hours after spraying...

    Good luck,

    Laura
  • TessaTessa Junior Member
    edited January 2007
    We have got a dose of Ivomec which we are about to give to the birds... This may solve the mysterious 'flea' problem, then? Bonus! We will also do a spray of Coopex sometime soon.

    The hard area is lower- almost between her legs- it's right where you pick her and support her with your hands, if that makes sense. I will check to see if it is hard at all times.

    Thanks!!
  • SandySandy Senior Member
    edited January 2007
    Tessa wrote:
    We have got a dose of Ivomec which we are about to give to the birds... This may solve the mysterious 'flea' problem, then? Bonus! We will also do a spray of Coopex sometime soon.

    This will definately get rid of lice or mites... the stick fast fleas the birds have on thier combs and eyes need to be treated with some olive oil... just put your finger into some olive oil and gently rub it over the eye lid and comb and also look at the wattles and under the wattles they get there too

    Also look along the neck .. skin.. they attach on any unfeathered spots.. even the tips of the wings..

    Once you start spraying with coopex... they will go

    Spray the outside area also with coopex... and rake it over so the birds don't peck and eat it .. the stick fast fleas thrive in dry sand

    The hard area is lower- almost between her legs- it's right where you pick her and support her with your hands, if that makes sense. I will check to see if it is hard at all times.

    Thanks!!

    I think what your talking about is a breast blister that has broken and gone hard...

    Where do you birds sleep and on what ... are they perching or sitting... and is this bird a heavy breed, usually they are
  • TessaTessa Junior Member
    edited January 2007
    Thanks! Have given the coop a once-over with the Coopex. We've since decided not to use the Ivomec as the vet here is a bit dubious about recommending dosage and whether we can continue eating the eggs etc., but she has given us Frontline Spray instead. Hope this will still be effective in dealing with the scaly leg mites and those stick fast fleas! The olive oil trick is one to have up the sleeve in any case.

    The bird with the 'hard breast' is a Rhode Island Red- so, small/medium in size and weight. Since we shifted them into a different area, she has been sleeping outside at night- on the ground or in a nesting box on straw. For the past week or so we've been physically putting her into the coop and locking her in to try and retrain her to roost there instead.

    The hardness feels more like a muscular thing- could she be a muscly bird?! :confused:
  • SandySandy Senior Member
    edited January 2007
    this hard thing on the bird...are you sure its not her crop your feeling.. and she is crop bound and that is why she isn't getting into the coop to roost
  • crazychickcrazychick Senior Member
    edited January 2007
    Can you post a photo of it? Take a picture of the "lump" and upload it onto photobucket (create an account at www.photobucket.com). Once uploaded, either just give the address to the webpage here or log-in to the photobucket site, click the square beside the photo, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "generate HTML codes". Then copy the "message boards" URL and paste it on this page. It should work...

    Laura
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