Hi, I was wondering if someone could suggest some remedies for mites. I've never had any birds with mites before (except a couple free chickens and rooster we got from a friend's relative had scaly leg mites. They weren't that bad and we were able to get them to clear up quickly.)
Someone's pet duck showed up in our duck pen the other day. We were able to catch it and separate it from our birds and do a quick health check. The duck has no fat on it whatsoever and it looks like it started to break down muscle for calories. The duck also has a MAJOR mite infestation, but otherwise looks pretty healthy. So far I've dusted it thoroughly with DE and gave it some water, corn, and fermented feed (with garlic, cayenne pepper, oregano oil, and ACV). We had an extra coop outside so we put it in that for nights and in the morning we dust it with DE again and put it in a tarp covered wire cage with some straw.
There only seemed to be a couple mites on it this morning before we dusted it again, while the first night you couldn't move the ducks feathers without a bunch scrambling for cover. So I think the DE is working but wanted to know if there's anything else I could do. I want to get rid of them quickly because it seems to be bothered by them a lot as well as I don't want them to spread to our birds.
So far I've contacted a couple people with birds around us to see if they're missing any birds. I'm also checking some local classifieds both in papers and online and I'm going to be placing some online classifieds next week if I still can't find the ducks owners. I'm thinking it might of been dumped, if we haven't found the owners in 2 months we'll probably keep it since it's so pretty and nice.
If you know anyone in or around Hunlock Creek (NE, PA) who is missing a duck message me with its:
HOW LONG IT'S BEEN GONE
AND PICS OF IT OR IT'S SIBLINGS (if possible)
Just found out that the other weird bugs on it are waterfowl lice (different from poultry/chicken lice) The only thing I can find online to get rid of them is chemical treatments. I try to stay as natural as I can with my birds and don't want to use chemicals on someone else's bird without their permission(assuming it wasn't a dump).
Does anyone have experience with waterfowl lice? The DE seems to be working with the mites, but I'm not sure if it will work on waterfowl lice.