Disorders of the integument

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Feather and skin diseases, especially parasitism, are common reasons for poultry owners to contact a veterinary surgeon. Feather and skin disorders are often accorded an importance out of proportion with their clinical significance. This chapter discusses the management of feather and skin disorders, including conditions of the wattle, beak, feet and claws.

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13.4 Behavioural feather plucking. Feathers have been lost from the dorsum over the tail. Note the reddening of the exposed skin. This does not appear to be inflammatory in origin and is not centred on the damaged feather follicles. (© John Chitty)
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13.5 (a) Swan louse showing typical chewing louse mouthparts. (b) Louse eggs around the base of a body feather. (c) Louse eggs on the feathers of the neck skin of a turkey. (© John Chitty)
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13.6 Feather mite. (Reproduced from the ; © John Chitty)
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13.7 Skin reddening on the ventrum of a bird with a slightly pendulous abdomen. (© John Chitty)
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13.8 (a) Red mites () on the feathers of a cadaver. The post-mortem examination revealed a thin anaemic carcass, as well as vast numbers of mites. (b) The typical piercing mouthparts of the red mite. (b, Reproduced from the ; © John Chitty)
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13.9 Northern mite. (Reproduced from the ; © John Chitty)
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13.10 (a) Epidermoptid mite infestation. (b) Depluming itch on the neck of a peacock. (© John Chitty)
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13.11 Scaly leg. (© John Chitty)
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13.12 (a)Knemidocoptid mite. (b) Egg from a knemidocoptid mite identified on a skin scrape. (© John Chitty)
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13.13 Favus on the (a) head and (b) neck of a hen. Note the scale and feather loss. (© John Chitty)
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13.15 The yellow skin and wattle of this cadaver is not indicative of jaundice but of pigmentation from an exclusively corn diet. The cause of death was egg-related peritonitis. (© John Chitty)
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13.16 Chicken with poxvirus lesions on the comb. (© John Chitty)
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13.17 Beak deformity caused by favus with fungal invasion into the germinative areas of the beak. (© John Chitty)
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13.18 Misaligned beak of a peafowl. (© John Chitty)
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13.19 (a, b) Pododermatitis in a duck. (© John Chitty)
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