Small combes and wattles

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« on: February 17, 2008, 19:24 »
As per the title.

About 8 of the hens I inherited have very small combes and wattles. Some only just visible and very dull. Also a few have fatter legs than the others. I assume they are old and unlikely to lay?

Is this correct.

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2008, 20:07 »
No idea cudders, tho' colour of the comb does indicate laying, usually the brighter they are the better.

Hang about there will soon be more advice to follow  :D
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2008, 20:18 »
could be old cudders - not too sure do you have any photos? rough raised scales  on the legs do indicate an older bird  though. Just a thought any evidence of scaley leg mite?

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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2008, 20:38 »
As yet I havent really got too close to them.

The hen house was a right mess. I've 'dug out' about a ton of poo so far, that's no joke! Just making a section for new stock before I fully clean it up and dust etc. Then I may reduce the flock to make way for some new ones.

I have about 25, all hybrids.

This pic is from about 6 weeks ago. I'll get some others this week.


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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2008, 20:44 »
Their legs look really bad cudders. Bad scaly leg  :cry:

They need smothering with Vaseline to kill them off.  Have you treated all the accommodation for red mite too.  They won't be in laying condition if their health is not tip top.

You've done so well so far Cudders,  keep up the good work  :!:
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2008, 20:50 »
Pale shrunken combs can be caused by red mite.  It might be worth treating for this.  Although it sounds and looks like they could do with some all round TLC. :(

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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2008, 20:53 »
Hi auntie,

Got some red mite powder today. I guess there is no point dusting till all the poop is removed and had a good clean down?

There are only a few like this. Most are nice and clean. Should I assume the infection is still alive as it hasnt spread?

I should be on the naughty step really. I've spent a tad too much time digging rather than sorting the chuck house out first... :oops:

Bit ashamed....

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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2008, 20:57 »
If the other birds aren't getting infected then it is probably dead but do have a close look at their legs.  There is a picture in my lice and mites information topic in the Poultry Information section.

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2008, 20:59 »
Don't be ashaned cudders your sorting it out, IMHO I'd dust the birds now, and put some in their dust bath, lift out their perches and dip the ends in paraffin or paint if you cant get them out, dust under the joints where the perches meet supports.

To be honest when mine got red mite last year I took the blow torch to all the nooks and crannies and painted them with parrafin.

And do the vaseline thing pronto  :)

I use something called "gold label get rid organic lice powder" only place I've found it is on ebay use it on the cats and guinea pigs too  :wink:

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2008, 21:01 »
Just a reminder, the shed is big!

Its about 26ft long and 16 foot wide. The covered run is also a tad bigger than the shed.

Here's a piccy...taken about November not long after i got the lot...



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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2008, 21:02 »
Yep I remember massive init  :shock:

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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2008, 21:09 »
Is there a recommended product to wash the shed down with?

Don't want to harm the chucks....

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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2008, 21:22 »
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Is there a recommended product to wash the shed down with?

Don't want to harm the chucks....

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I use jeyes fluid But you have to be able to keep the hens off it until it's dry and ventilate well, you could probably get something more suitable from an agricultural merchant or even a pigeon fanciers supplier.

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« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2008, 21:32 »
You could try poultry shield cudders.  No need to remove the birds.

http://www.microshieldsolutions.com/agriculture/

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« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2008, 21:44 »
I've heard a simple solution of dettol is good for get rid of red mite.



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