One of my Speckled Sussex hens has been "slow" the past few days. Looking closely at her yesterday, she had a little teensy white bug on her. I'm assuming there are many more. The base of each feather looks kinda white and powdery. Is that indication of mites or lice?
And another hen has been having a couple yellow runny (not extremely runny) poo.
Today I dusted the SS with mites/lice with DE and I got it up under her feathers really well. I got all the bedding (leaves and hay) out of the coop.
My hens have been laying very little the past few weeks, I'm assuming because of the mites/lice. I read this today on Fresh Eggs Daily Blog
Mix 2 cups of salt into 2 gallons of warm water. Soak the hen for 10 minutes, then soak her for five minutes in a tub of 2 gallons of warm water with 1/2 cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid and 1/2 cup of white vinegar mixed in. The lice should drown and float to the top. Rinse her well and dry her thoroughly. Dust with food-grade Diatomaceous Earth. Repeat every other day or so until you no longer see evidence of the lice.
Apply coconut oil every day for five days.
Squirt apple cider vinegar onto the affected hens where you see the lice.
Essential oils sprayed onto the affected hens that kill lice include: lavender, rosemary, clove, thyme, anise, cinnamon leaf, red thyme, peppermint, nutmeg
Has anyone been successful with any of those things?