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Im reading previous threads but cant see pics on these threads. I apologize if ive missed answers on other threads.
Ive got a 14 month old banty hen, very docile thats been picked on at nite during roosting. I keep checking and cant find any bugs ? I dont see any movement. I applied "horsemans dream veterinary first aide cream last nite. Ive never dusted my chickens for bugs but strip their house completely down and power wash/bleach their perches with attached poopboxes replenish with fresh straw/hay bedding and pine shavings in their roostbar/box. None of my other chickens have this. Am i missing something ?? Pics included. Her vent area is normal skin colored no signs of any bugs. Can someone post pics of mite infestation so i can see what it looks like ? Thank you in advance
Edited by tjabbie - 6/2/16 at 6:53am
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I've had a few like that.....

...after ruling out lice/mites, I didn't worry about it, eventually the feathers grew back after a molt.

Not sure if pecking was an issue, if it was it wasn't severe enough to break the skin.

 

Checking for bugs:

Best done well after dark with a strong flashlight/headlight, easier to 'catch' bird and also to check for the mites that live in structure and only come out at night to feed off roosting birds.

Wipe a white paper towel along the underside of roost to look for red smears(smashed well fed mites).

Part the feathers right down to the skin around vent, head/neck and under wings.

Google images of lice/mites and their eggs before the inspection so you'll know what you're looking for.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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I appreciate your help. Ill keep applying the cream. It has alot of good properties too.
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