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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Feather loss underside of neck with pale comb

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feather loss underside of neck with pale comb
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
this is not a skin problem I'm worried about neck worms or some internal problem
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

Can you attach the photos here? How tall are you? How much do you weigh? Any weight change? When did you notice it? Is it consistent? Is it getting worse? Pain or itch? Does anything make it better or worse? Any other symptoms? Are you aware of anything which might have triggered it? Any medical problems? Any surgeries? Any medications including over-the-counter pills and herbs? Any family medical history?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
none of the above seems relevant my chicken is a banti this is a chicken question
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

There are tracheal worms which can cause gaping in chickens and often are confused with respiratory infections by bacteria or fungi but there are no "neck worms". A pale comb can indicate anemia or poor oxgenation of the tissues but isn't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. Are there any other worrisome symptoms such as conjunctivitis or other ocular changes, nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, regurgitation, vomiting, increased respiratory rate, lameness, persistent squatting as if to lay, increased thirst, anorexia, or diarrhea?