Good morning friends
Tandykins I am sorry to hear that Pipper is not well. I have a little experience with impacted crop but probably will not be as much help as others; Fancy for example. Anyways, I agree with Fancy, in that whether her crop is empty or full this morning after not having any food will definitely help in the diagnosis.
Dusty took sick one afternoon, very quiet, hiding under the coop, looking a little uncomfortable and out of sorts but the next morning she was fine. I think something she ate did not agree with her or caused a slight blockage.
I hope Pipper is much improved today
Fancy, as always, thank you for helping and good advice.
locknest4 the bugs are too small to really tell what they look like. They do not jump, so probably not fleas. I have Googled chicken lice, Northern Fowl Mites and Red Mites but while the pictures on Google are helpful, not being able to really see these things is not
The bugs that came out of the roost join when I hit it with surface spray could be red mites, but the bugs I found on me were smaller. A couple I found on the coop wall were smaller also and white, which research indicates they may have been juveniles and not yet ‘had a feed’.
So I am either dealing with a combined lice and mite problem or just some mites that recently arrived and have had babies.
Anyways, it is just a little frustrating that no matter how vigilant you are, how clean you keep everything and many prevention methods, they still get ya! I try to use natural remedies also but I confess to losing a little faith in their abilities, especially in this case.
I blame those Evil Black Butted B&*^%$’s !!
The good news, nothing moving in the coop this morning [the girls were in the run ]. A thorough examination of me after cleaning up the poop, taking down the nest box blocker etc only turned up one of the tiny monsters and the best news .. the girls are still talking to me
As I said, hopefully I caught them early this time around.
I have the IT Team Workshop today and tomorrow but I will strip everything down again on the weekend, give it a good wash in hot soapy water and hit it with another dose of surface spray.
Edited by Teila - 11/11/15 at 12:39pm