At wits ends!!! Chickens have unidentified bugs on them.
Hi! It sounds like lice, could be mites. have you completely stripped old bedding and sprayed/powdered the coop? I use Bayer Permecterin II premise spray with 30 day residual in the barn, coop and run (10% permethrin). Can you look into a permethrin based powder to treat the flock? Here's a chart I found of what kills what.
I hope someone with more pest exp replies but in the mean time, that's all I have! Best of luck! Keep us posted.
External Parasite Treatments for Chickens
|Camphor||Scaly leg mite||Chicken’s legs and feet||Ointment|
|Diatomaceous earth (DE)||Lice, northern fowl mite, roost mite||Chicken, coop, dustbath||Powder|
|Garlic juice||Northern fowl mite||Chicken||Spray|
|Ivermectin||Lice, northern fowl mite, roost mite, scaly leg mite||Chicken||By mouth or injection, prescribed by a veterinarian|
|Neem oil||Lice, northern fowl mite, roost mite||Chicken, coop||Spray|
|Petroleum jelly/sulfur mix||Scaly leg mite||Chicken’s legs and feet||Ointment|
|Pyrethrin and permethrin||Lice, northern fowl mite, roost mite||Chicken, coop||Powder, spray, dip|
|Sulfur||Lice, northern fowl mite, roost mite||Chicken, coop, dustbath||Powder, spray|
Sounds like they may have lice. Have you check their vents to see if they have eggs at the base of the feathers? they look grayish lumps of stuff at the base of the feathers. If you treat them for lice, you have to retreat them after the eggs hatch.
Here is a link to the Chicken Chick website, she has some nice picture of poultry lice and treatment.
Ok. after another ash dusting and sevin dusting. THEY STILL HAVE BUGS!!!!!!
Im starting to wonder also if this is why my oldest (25weeks) haven't started laying.
I went out with tape today and got them stuck to the tape and tried to take a picture. It still wont show up. :( they are so dang tiny.
I should add we have sand on the ground of the coop and run. when I clean I scoop all the poo, rake out the entire thing, dust all the roost, the ground, rake that to mix it in and redust the ground again.
What can I do... Im nearly to the point of wanting to cull/get rid off them... This is getting expensive, time consuming, and obviously stressful.