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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:03 am 
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Hi all,

I'm from Tasmania and have a flock of Australorps. I have mainly blues but 1 splash pullet and 3 splash cockerel brothers who are unrelated to any others in my flock. This coming summer I'm hoping to breed splash coloured youngins.

All of splashes have a light grey covering over the skin on their faces. None of the blues have it yet they are in the same pen.

I'll attach some photos. Anyone seen this before? Any ideas as to what it could be and if it is a problem, how I can treat it?

cheers,

Michael


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:25 pm 
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It looks like Favus (a fungal infection)
Type Favus into the search feature - there are lots of discussions about it.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:46 pm 
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Thanks Sue 55,

on another forum the two options were favus or scaley face mite.

Thanks for coming back to me about that. I'll wait a wee bit longer before starting a treatment (or going to the vet with one of them to get a diagnosis) to see if any other ideas come in

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:50 am 
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Definitely the mite.

I had it here and a vet helped me diagnose it because it looks a lot like favus.
Treatment is Moxidectin, 0.5 ml / kg chicken, repeat 2x after 1 week. This will kill worms and other bloodsuckers, too.

Treatment is very effective but skin will take weeks to come good again.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:27 pm 
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Thanks globi,

I think I will treat it as scaley face mite with ivermectin but will wait just a day or two longer to see if any other opinions come in on this or the other forum I'm on.

Thanks for taking the time to post.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:48 pm 
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Curious tassiemike, when you say another forum, do you mean an actual forum - or facebook? Only asking because there can be so much misinformation on one that it is scary. With the 'dectin or 'mectin treatment I'd suggest do it today, not to wait - (unless you have an avian vet handy for a consultation).

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:48 pm 
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Sorry, the other forum was mentioned by tasssiemike.

But I think I posted some photos on this forum about facial mite when I had it here. It seems to become more common in chickens - I have heard of others who had it in their flock. From the photo you had it for quite some time as had mine before I could identify and successfully treat. The chickens seemed otherwise healthy but it must be quite annoying for them.
By the way, it is the oral form that is effective, not the pour-on.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:42 pm 
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Fixed the name, thanks - my bad concentration. Glad though for your post above, I'd have assumed spot-on type rather than oral - only because of its use as a pour on for scaly leg mite etc.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:12 pm 
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There is a thread on this forum which explains why the pour-ons are not working well for chickens.
Not sure how to search for it, must be 2 years ago or more.

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The gist of that would have been that the 'pour ons' were designed for mammals with a carrier which is absorbed best thru adipose (fat) tissue Chooks have very little adipose. Some will be absorbed thru the skin and some probably ingested when preening. Anecdotally the pour ons work, but the drenches (oral) are more reliable. The two cannot be interchanged as they have different carriers.
Moxidectin Plus from Gecko Dan is a good option. It will treat external parasites and all the poultry worms (inc Tape Worm) and can be direct dosed - most economical and reliable method.

http://www.geckodan.com/the-chookshop/# ... te-control


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Thanks everyone for your responses.

Yes my splashes have had it for a while. 2 things come to mind. It has developed slowly so I've gotten used to seeing it (up to a point) and for quite a while I thought it was a feature of splash coloured australorps given that none of the blues have it and it started off quite a nice looking very light grey colour.

I will order Ivermectin tomorrow, or one of the other medications mentioned and start treatment ASAP.

The other forum is on www.backyardchickens.com. Reassuringly, scaley face mite was mentioned there as well.

Thanks again all for your input. It is very much appreciated.

cheers,

Michael


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i think i would be going with the moxidectrin from gecko dan. he is very quick to post .
i,ve had some not good results with ivermectin if the dose/drop is not exactly right.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:34 pm 
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have just placed an order for moxidectin with gecko dan

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:44 pm 
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It's best to direct dose the Moxi. The in water option is wasteful and tastes very bitter - it's a battle to get them to drink it.
Suggest that you also order some small syringes for dosing from Danny.

Good luck - let us know the outcome.


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