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Chicken with matted feathers
Sun 1-Aug-10
8:16 pm
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helena

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Hello

I hope you can help me. I bought a few Warrens a couple of weeks ago and all are thriving apart from one. I can't say that she is ill exactly as she is eating and drinking normally, but she's not as lively as the others and her plumage seems dull. I checked her today and she has no lice or anything, but the feathers under both wings are matted and she just looks scruffy and a bit "off colour". I thought initially that it was cockerel damage, but my boy has had his spurs cut and there are no wounds under the feathers and the skin is unblemished, plus I've not noticed him near her. She's not moulting yet, although some of my girls are in the middle of a moult at the moment. The matted patch measures about 2"x1" under each wing (under the armpit - if a chicken could be said to have one). Could it just have been the very hot weather and she's sweated too much?

Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Sun 1-Aug-10
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wave Hi Helena, how are you?  I can't answer your query but I'll bet that someone will soon enough.  Stick around for a while...

I'll try that again!

Sun 1-Aug-10
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wave  Hi Helena

 I don't know the answer either, but I found this forum.

http://www.poultrychat.com/forum/index.php?/topic/.....-feathers/

Don't know if it will help, but it is worth reading.  Let us know how you get on.

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Sun 1-Aug-10
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Sun 1-Aug-10
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Thanks Danuta. welldone

I'll try that again!

Mon 2-Aug-10
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I'm fine thanks, Toffeapple - enjoying my girls and my boy!

Thanks everybody for your replies. The Poultry Site server is offline at the time I'm writing this, so I don't know if it will give me an answer to my question, so I'll try again later.

As for the feather pecking, I don't think it is that. If anything, she was a pushy hen when I got her and I've not noticed any bullying problems at all and as I said the skin is totally unmarked just these two patches of matted feathers under each wing.

She's lice free as I'm quite religious about it now after not checking a new hen for lice when I introduced it (I'm a Newbie to hens, sorry) and she kindly spread it throughout my flock. I've been lucky with Red mite so far, but I'm going to close all the doors and have a look around the coop with a torch later today.

I'll check the Poultry site again a bit later and see if I can get in then.

Mon 2-Aug-10
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Hello again! I was just doing a last search before going to work and came across this article on how to recognise which lice your chicken may be suffering from. You may need to paste the link into your browser as it's a bit temperamental. It may be of use for future reference - but don't open it over breakfast!

http://ucanr.org/freepubs/docs/8162.pdf 

Tue 3-Aug-10
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Just an update - checked the coop last night, no sign of red mite. I managed to get into the link above and it seems just the same problem as mine. I trimmed a little off the clump this morning and it appears to be just feathers, nothing more. It looks as though she may be starting to moult and for some reason the feathers have stuck together. I have now trimmed the area of all the matted feathers and she looks happier already.

Tue 3-Aug-10
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wave  That's good Helena, hope she continues to improve.

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Tue 3-Aug-10
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Hii, Helena, and welcome.

It sounds like you have found the solution all by yourself. Glad that it is something so simple.

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