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Is this a treatable fungal infection
Sun 27-Mar-11
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Hi

Not sure if the linked pictures do show a fungal infection, or what to do about it.       http://s1143.photobucket.com/albums/n636/Original-Redhead/

Noodle seems happy. She's a nearly 3 year old Whitestar who lays an
egg every month or so. She started losing her bum feathers towards the
end of last summer but no other problems, however this morning I noticed
the skin looks like there could be a fungal infection.   The other chickens show NO signs of similiar condition, but Noodle is the only Whitestar.

 

Any advice greatfully received

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Sun 27-Mar-11
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No idea, Tracey, could you do the same as for humans and try slapping some plain yoghurt on her bum?

Sun 27-Mar-11
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Original Redhead said:

Hi

Not sure if the linked pictures do show a fungal infection, or what to do about it.       http://s1143.photobucket.com/albums/n636/Original-Redhead/

Noodle seems happy. She's a nearly 3 year old Whitestar who lays an
egg every month or so. She started losing her bum feathers towards the
end of last summer but no other problems, however this morning I noticed
the skin looks like there could be a fungal infection.   The other chickens show NO signs of similiar condition, but Noodle is the only Whitestar.

 

Any advice greatfully received

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wave Hi Tracey,

I belong to a Poultry forum in the US (although I live here in the UK.) I had a look in their archives & came up with this thread. Have a look at it & see if you think it is the same thing. I can't tell as your photos are not clear enough. 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.ph.....?id=362242

 

The forum is very easy to join if you need more advice etc. I have found it very useful over the years.

Good luck 

 

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Mon 28-Mar-11
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If you are near an agricultural merchant look for a product called "VIRKON" it's a fungicide ,disinfectant and virucide all in one used to use it on all pheasant rearing equipment but off label  at low dilutions it fixes athletes foot and cold sores! OH and 2sprogs suffered with cold sores and found that a smidgen in an egg cup dabbed on at the tingley stage stopped it developing  after several separate treatments none of the has had any sign of one for years now . I now use it on seed trays and pots.As my first headkeeper used to  say " It might be sh*t but it's sterile sh*t " Best of luck with treatment  whatever you try .wave

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Mon 28-Mar-11
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wave Seth, 

Useful information on Virkon; I have a large container of it that I use to clean all the chicken equipment. The only problem with it is that it is difficult to buy small quantities of it I have found (hence my large container).

 

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Mon 28-Mar-11
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Hattie said:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.ph.....?id=362242

 

Yeah sorry about quality of photos, Noodle not that keen on being handled so just had to use closest camera to hand.

 

Had look at website and they mention a condition that was also mentioned on poultrychat.   However I've also had feedback on that site that suggested Northern Fowl Mite which can respond to washing Noodle with Johnsons Dog Shampoo.   Symptoms seem more like Northern Fowl Mite (looking at images online) therefore I'm going to have a very upset chicken for the next few days whilst she gets a shampooing.

I've also upped the quantity of yoghurt and apple cider vinegar all the chickens are getting.

 

If no improvement within a week will change treatment to that for vent gleet.

 

Many thank for all responses - I personally think Noodle knew she was due to go in the pot and has done this on purpose knowing I won't kill her for pot when unsure of her health and suitability as food source.   i_am_hungry

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I've had the pleasure of smearing vaseline all over the legs of three hens today, while OH held the hens. One has got quite bad scaly leg, I didn't think it was life threatening, but read something today that said it can be if it gets really bad, all the over the counter treatements say you have to withdrawn egg use for several weeks, so I thought I'd try an old wives tale remedy first - any suggestions anyone? - I've heard you can dip their leggs in surgical spirit but it stings them.

Tue 29-Mar-11
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1942 edition of 'Poultry keeping & gardening'  "To cure Scaly Leg hold each leg in turn,for one minute,in a long jar containing equal parts of linseed oil & paraffin." 'Modern Poultry Husbandry ' 1949 Linseed & paraffin applied with a toothbrush "Sulphur and Coal Tar ointments are also effective .When paraffin is used care should be taken to prevent its coming into contact with the flesh above the hock -joint . This causes considerable shock. Careless handling of paraffin may even result in the death of the bird."

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Tue 29-Mar-11
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Putting the above books away found I also have 'Dictionary of Poultry 1929 '
" Treatment - Isolate the infected bird and remove as many of the scales as will come off readily by stroking the leg from the thigh down with a soft cloth ; and apply an ointment made of one part creosote and twenty parts lard."

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Hi Seth,

I would have thought the lard would have encouraged the chicken to peck at the legs.

ponder 

 

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Tue 29-Mar-11
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Scaly leg is caused by mites, and the vaseline (or Lard) is supposed to suffocate them and they fall off, some of the scales may fall off, and not regrow till after a moult, but it did say it worked, to be honest, the legs looked better already today when we re-applied. One of the hens is pretty bad, and she did wince when we applied to a particularly bad area, god knows what she would do if we applied something that stings.

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UPDATE

 

Couldn't get hold of Johnsons Dog Shampoo (a recommended treatment for Northern Fowl Mite) but noticed Bob Martins Dog Shampoo had the same active ingredient.

 

Noodle been washed and seems much happier.   Bum feathers fluffier and bald patch less red and sore looking. 

 

Thanks for input, Noodle and I appreciate it.

 

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