Mites or molting? - Page 2
The whole mite thing freaked me out and I spent 5-6 hours on Friday, 8 hours yesterday and another 7 hours today giving the whole run and coop a thorough cleaning, spraying, DE, and new bedding.
Sooo tired!! Lol
I'm not sure, maybe a week or two. I checked vents (one of them shot at me and missed!) and there is nothing moving there, no red little jerks that resemble pictures of them. No one is losing feathers on the belly. I DO know it's not molting. Fortunately, when she is standing erect, the feathers of the rump covers the sore looking spot. I'm sure if she was being pecked she'd be a hot mess for sure.
I'm putting thought into giving them a bath with a neem oil shampoo and seeing what happens. I figure it won't hurt and maybe the neem will kill any crawlies I just can't see or am missing and maybe help with the dry skin too.
I can't see anything as far as mites or lice and really no irritated skin. But also no pin feathers yet.
One of my Austrolorps also has a little ragged patch of feathers in that same area at base of tail. Same as yours - not too bad when she is standing. She has had that for months though - and I did see her sister peck her there several times. Maybe she has a tasty oil gland? Eee - that is where it is located...
I've heard that mint is not harmful to them but doesn't really have the same beneficial things it does for humans
It does seem like they are starting to miss feathers in some other areas but not like the bellies. No new feathers and what looks like a bunch of weak/broken feathers.
I've thought about baths but that sounds daunting. Two I can pick up fairly easily but Three of my five will stay close to me or even rub up against me while I'm doing chicken chores but if I reach out - it's like "oh no it's the hand!"