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How do I know if a chick has mites?

post #1 of 5
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I have just purchased 11 chicks.  They are straight run and a couple different hatches (1 Sexlink 4 days old, 6 SLW that are 3 days, 3 SLW day olds and 2 SLW that are 2 weeks old)  All are in the same brooder box, but I noticed that one of the 2 week olds is scratching at his/her head and picking at it's feathers.  Not sure what to look for if it were to be mites.

I do have DE sprinkled in the brooder just in case.  But just thought I'd ask and see if I can catch it before it spreads, if it is in fact mites. 

Maybe I'm just being a paranoid first timer :hu

 

Any help appreciated :)

post #2 of 5

Please don't put DE or any thing else in there UNLESS you have seen mites.  They can be seen with a good magnifying glass.  The chicks will do a LOT of scratching.  Pushing out those new little feathers is itchy business.  Enjoy your babies!  Also, it's important to have that brooder cool enough.  They should have at least 1 sq. foot per bird, and be able to get away from the heat to room temp or below at the far end of the brooder.  


Edited by lazy gardener - 2/22/16 at 6:14am

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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AY...Why is there conflicting info on DE? I read that it was good to use!  ?

post #4 of 5

It's very hard on the lungs, and not terribly effective on the target organisms.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

Reply

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

Reply
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Ok! Thanks for the info!  I will check them over this afternoon and clean out the brooder :)

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