I just spent the morning with a rooster festooned with mites. He didn't roost high the night before last and his back looked wet but there had been some rain snow mix so didn't really think much about a wet back. This am I saw somebody pooped on his back... A messy one. So I brought him up to clean it off. So I start water and a bit of baby shampoo and guess what comes up for breath of air. Gross gross gross. Clean him up as best I can because there's thickets of blood and exudate... Mite eggs I suppose. Blow dry to fluff him out a bit. Then Ivermectin pour on drops. Everybody else got drops too. Except Sylvia who looked like she was going to try to push me out a rare winter egg.
Ugh. Merry Christmas to me.