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Hen Is Peeling - Loosing All Her Feathers!! Excema?? Please Help!

lookatmyhenlookatmyhen Junior Member
edited October 2006 in Poultry Health and Welfare
I wrote in a little while ago with a hen who'd been in the wars, on antibiotics for cysts/abcesses in her stomach which are now under control as long as i keep her on aureomycin antibiotics all her life :(

I thought then she developed and ear infection but on closer examination her whole body is flaying off its skin in yellowy crust and her feathers are coming out in handfuls and she wears her neck hackles up like an elizabethan collar!

We have tried olive oil, flaxseeds, mite treatments and seleen dog shampoo for dogs with excema as the avian vet prescibed and she was tested for fungal infections etc and virtually nothing came up - nothing to explain the huge skin loss.

Please help! Im feeling desperate!:confused:


  • SandySandy Senior Member
    edited October 2006

    the sad part about keeping any bird on any antibotic is the fact that their systems break down after a while.. sorry

    If she has been on aureomycin antibiotics all her life.... then her immune system is probably shot by now ..

    Antibiotic Reactions
    Antibiotics can cause reactions that are as bad as, or worse than, the ideal they’re used to tret. For starters, they upset the balance of the normal microflora in a chicken’s body, particularly in its digestive tract, paving the way for entry by additional disease causing bacteria and fungi
    A classic symptom is diarrhoea, which can be fatal if the drug is not discontinued
    Long term use of Sulfa drugs can cause vitamin K deficiency due to inhibition of the microflora that normally synthesize this important vitamin responsible for normal blood clotting infections anemia may result unless the drug is either discontinued or supplemented with vitamin K
    [FONT=&quot]Anaphylactic shock, a violent allergic reaction, may result from repeated antibiotic injections. Symptoms are paleness and rapid loss on consciousness. Swelling within the respiratory system may cause death through asphyxiation


    [/FONT] Necrotic Dermatitis

    Also called:
    Avian malignant Edema, clostridial dermatomyositis, gangrenous cellulitis, gangrenous dermatitis, gangrenous dermatomyositis, gas Edema disease, wing rot

    Worldwide but rare

    System/Organ affected:

    Incubation period:
    2 to 3 days


    Occurs in birds 3 to 20 weeks old (commonly 4 to 8 weeks old).
    Sudden deaths (sometimes with small moist sores between toes) or depression.
    Lameness, incoordination, prostration.
    Loose feathers or skin that easily rubs off; skin that pops or crackles when rubbed (due to gas underneath); reddish black patches of dead, featherless skin on wings, breast, abdomen, or legs
    Death within 24 hours, body decomposes rapidly, turning green with 1 or 2 hours

    Percentage affected:

    60 to 100 percent

    Postmortem findings

    Bloody, gelatinous fluid beneath skin
    Gray or tan breast and thigh muscles that look cooked
    Usually shrivelled cloacal bursa
    Sometimes enlarged liver and spleen, swollen kidneys, degenerated lungs


    Blister burn or contact dermatitis caused by wet or improperly managed litter
    Nutritional deficiencies leaving skin unprotected due to slow feathering


    Symptoms, postmortem findings
    This germ Pasteurella, will cause many diseases ranging from severe enteritis (cholera), pneumonia (pseudotuberculosis), to skin gangrene (necrotic dermatitis)


    Clostridium septi*** bacteria commonly found in droppings, soil, dust, and litter, feed
    Often occurs in combination with necrotic enteritis, staphlococcosis, and colibacillosis
    Ususally follows an outbreak of Infectious Bursal Disease, sometimes follow Infectious Anemia or infectious stunting syndrome


    Through wounds caused by caponising, fighting, cannibalism, injury on poorly designed equipment

    Good sanitation and nutrition
    Good management to avoid wounds
    Ventilation to prevent excessive humidity in housing
    Breed for resistance to infectious bursal disease

    This bacterium only responds to prescription antibiotics
    Broad-spectrum antibiotics (penicillin, erythromycin, tetracyclines)
    Proper selection requires laboratory identification of all organisms involved
    Vitamin-electrolyte supplement hastens recovery

    Human health risks

    If good sanitation is practiced after handling infected chicks

    Reference: “The chicken health handbook” by Gail Damerow
  • lookatmyhenlookatmyhen Junior Member
    edited October 2006
    She has only been on antibiotics a few months to try to blast the abscesses, the vet said at xmas we could try taking her off them for a break. And its just in her fodd or water not injected.

    She doesnt have sores or anything - just the peeling and moulting.
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