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And if you are going to use DE, make sure it is food grade and not for agcriculture grade, because the latter will hurt the chicken's lungs while dust bathing
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I'm not familiar with the spray, but I know sevin dust works as I've used a similar product for years. Give the chickens all a good dusting, then mix a generous amount of the dust with some water in a spray bottle and spray the coop, next boxes, roost bars, etc as well. 

 

For the feather regrowth, add a splash of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to their drink water for a week, in a plastic waterer, it corrodes metal. Follow by clean water for a week, then ACV water again. The AVC boosts nutrient uptake and overall wellbeing and it should help with the feather regrowth to some extend.

 

I've found myself very hesitant to use something like Sevin Dust on my chickens because of the chemical additives (I've worked very hard to keep them as organic as possible!). Would something like diatomaceous earth work well at getting rid of mites, or it is useful as more of a preventative measure? I also used to put a cap of apple cider vinegar in their waterer during the summer to keep algae from growing but discontinued it when the weather got cooler. I'll definitely start adding it back in again!

 

Once again, thank you for helping!

I'm not a huge fan of chemicals myself, but I learned the hard way that sometimes it's the best way to go. DE is a good product and it has it's uses, but for something like a big mite infestation, I'll personally go with the sevin. One good treatment on the birds and in the coop is usually enough to eradicate the pests.

 

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post #13 of 16

When mine are having difficulty replacing molting feathers I put them on starter grower for a few days, works really well for my birds.

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I have 4 golden comets that are nearly 2 weeks old (Wednesday). They are doing great, have tail feathers and thriving. However, I've noticed their feathers look as if they are ready to fall out!! Looking very ratty. I know the chicks have been itchy as their new feathers are coming in but I never thought you'd see end of feathers.
Does anyone know what's going on? (Sorry if wrong place but couldn't find where to make own post)
Edit...they are ONLY on chick starter medicated feed, regular water started on day 7 w first week on electrolyte & probiotics water
Edited by mamatink7 - 5/9/16 at 6:03pm

new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

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new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

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I have 4 golden comets that are nearly 2 weeks old (Wednesday). They are doing great, have tail feathers and thriving. However, I've noticed their feathers look as if they are ready to fall out!! Looking very ratty. I know the chicks have been itchy as their new feathers are coming in but I never thought you'd see end of feathers.
Does anyone know what's going on? (Sorry if wrong place but couldn't find where to make own post)
Edit...they are ONLY on chick starter medicated feed, regular water started on day 7 w first week on electrolyte & probiotics water


Can you post a photo of what you are seeing?

They will constantly shed feathers until they get their "adult" feathers, so at 2wks, you will see the quills, new growth, then they will lose them, they will look ratty for a while.

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Can you post a photo of what you are seeing?
They will constantly shed feathers until they get their "adult" feathers, so at 2wks, you will see the quills, new growth, then they will lose them, they will look ratty for a while.
I will try, I haven't been able to post pics at all here yet.

new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

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new chick mama of 26 chicks: 6 BA, 5 GC, 5 BO, 4 SLW, 3 EE, 3 GLW &

a bunch of 2 legged kiddos along with 2 dogs and 1 turtle

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