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External Problems

Information about external problems in poultry such as feathers, beak, skin, scales, eyes, comb, and nails. Cuts, wounds, feather loss, blindness and external parasites.

Scaly Leg Mite

Scaly Leg Mite is caused by a burrowing mite (Knemidocoptes mutans) which causes scaly, raised encrusted scales on the legs of chickens and other poultry. Scaly leg can cause intense irritation to the bird by burrowing under the scales, causing them to become raised and thicken. They are fairly common in chickens. …

Angel Wing

Angel wing is a condition that affects ducks and geese and is sometimes called slipped wing, or dropped wing. In the wild, waterfowl live mainly on grains and grass but modern high protein feeds can cause a this condition of the wing joint to occur in growing waterfowl. Angel Wing …

Wet Feather

Keeping ducks or geese is usually problem free although there is one problem commonly called ‘wet feather’ that can strike one or more of your birds. Waterfowl feathers are usually waterproof, this is to protect the bird against getting waterlogged whilst swimming. Ducks and Geese preen their feathers after bathing and …

Depluming Mites

The depluming mite (known in Latin as Knemidocoptes gallinae) is one of the less well known poultry parasites. This mite is related to the scaly leg mite (Knemidocoptes mutans) though each mite prefers to inhabit a different region of the body with the depluming mite preferring feathered areas whilst the scaly leg mite prefers …

Blindness

The eye is obviously very delicate and any cleaning should be performed with great care. Blindness isn’t a particularly common problem, however poultry can get damage to the eye, conjunctivitis or even go completely blind for a number of different reasons. Here are some of the causes that poultry can …