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My Silkie Flora has been shaking her head, first it was to one side, now both.  We've tried using liquid for ear mites and it hasn't helped.  Any ideas?

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welcome-byc are you thinking she has mites? if so you should dust her whole body with sevin. ear mite medication is for cats & dogs, etc. and goes inside their ears, you can't use it on a chicken.

if she's shaking her head it could mean that she's trying to clear her nostrils due to a respiratory infection. does she seems like she's got a runny nose or like she's having trouble breathing?

Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas, Black and Blue Copper Marans, 1 EE, 1 white Silkie hen and 2 'milkie' chicks (marans x silkies), 1 Dominique hen. 2 female free range rabbits, 2 cats and 1 dog. Homesteader, organic gardener, and most importantly chicken fanatic!



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Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas, Black and Blue Copper Marans, 1 EE, 1 white Silkie hen and 2 'milkie' chicks (marans x silkies), 1 Dominique hen. 2 female free range rabbits, 2 cats and 1 dog. Homesteader, organic gardener, and most importantly chicken fanatic!



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My Splash Silkie sort of had done the same thing. She shook her head side to side for a second, but never had runny nose or anything, and I always thought that she was getting the feathers out of her eyes because her top head feathers hanged down so much, that I couldn't even see her eyes hardly.

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Ive read that you can use a dog flea shampoo but be careful no shampoo gets in there eyes.. Please dont quote me on this! Someone on here will no more..
Good luck hun, Tracy xx

My ladies & boys are, 1 x Twin called Micky, 2 Light sussex, 2 Buff Orps, 2 blue Silver laced W, 2 Silver Laced W, 2 BR, 1 white star, 1 exchequer, 2 silkies, 1 frizzle, 1 Polish. 8 Marans, 1 Ko Sharmo. Im setting 24 call ducks 26/3/12. Yes im an addict!! :-)

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My ladies & boys are, 1 x Twin called Micky, 2 Light sussex, 2 Buff Orps, 2 blue Silver laced W, 2 Silver Laced W, 2 BR, 1 white star, 1 exchequer, 2 silkies, 1 frizzle, 1 Polish. 8 Marans, 1 Ko Sharmo. Im setting 24 call ducks 26/3/12. Yes im an addict!! :-)

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Dog flea shampoo is fine for chickens, although I doubt it would help in this case.  It's probably nothing.  I have birds who do that quite a bit from time to time.  Sometimes I think it's a tickle...around the eye maybe.  Now if it's happening non-stop I might worry...  Of course it's always good to check your birds for mites/lice periodically, but I just don't think that's your issue here.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Originally Posted by frosthazard 

welcome-byc are you thinking she has mites? if so you should dust her whole body with sevin. ear mite medication is for cats & dogs, etc. and goes inside their ears, you can't use it on a chicken.

if she's shaking her head it could mean that she's trying to clear her nostrils due to a respiratory infection. does she seems like she's got a runny nose or like she's having trouble breathing?


How do you fix the resporatory infection? How much dust do you use? I have noticed some of my chickens doing these...
Symptoms:
Head thing
Scratch their face
crusty noses
sometimes on Funkey I can hear him breathing
poo on their buts ?? Pasty butt.

I got my chicks Easter of 2011. I have 5 Silkies 3 white hens, 1 brown, and A white cockerel named Pippen, And A Rhode Island Roo named Funkey.

 

I love chickens and all the little things about them that make me laugh  
 

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I got my chicks Easter of 2011. I have 5 Silkies 3 white hens, 1 brown, and A white cockerel named Pippen, And A Rhode Island Roo named Funkey.

 

I love chickens and all the little things about them that make me laugh  
 

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<3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 :

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Originally Posted by frosthazard 

welcome-byc are you thinking she has mites? if so you should dust her whole body with sevin. ear mite medication is for cats & dogs, etc. and goes inside their ears, you can't use it on a chicken.

if she's shaking her head it could mean that she's trying to clear her nostrils due to a respiratory infection. does she seems like she's got a runny nose or like she's having trouble breathing?


How do you fix the resporatory infection? How much dust do you use? I have noticed some of my chickens doing these...
Symptoms:
Head thing
Scratch their face
crusty noses
sometimes on Funkey I can hear him breathing
poo on their buts ?? Pasty butt.


respiratory infection: get some Baytril, follow directions carefully. available at Tractor Supply, etc.

you can check for mites by looking around their faces and vets (butt). look for anything crawling around or eggs attached to the feather shafts. if they have mites it should be pretty obvious.

use as much dust as you need to get it all between their feathers. sometimes it's best to try to dust them in the evening when they are roosting (easier to catch them all) try your best not to get it in their eyes and not to stir it up too much to prevent them from breathing more of it in than you can help.

repeat dusting them after a week. also dust the entire area where the birds sleep/roost and spend their time, you wanna make sure you get it EVERYWHERE. mites like to hide in cracks and bedding. this will only help with feather/skin mites, not scaly leg mites. for those you need to massage petroleum jelly on their legs until it clears up. adding permethrin to the petroleum jelly will help clear them up faster.

hope this help

Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas, Black and Blue Copper Marans, 1 EE, 1 white Silkie hen and 2 'milkie' chicks (marans x silkies), 1 Dominique hen. 2 female free range rabbits, 2 cats and 1 dog. Homesteader, organic gardener, and most importantly chicken fanatic!



"Gardening is the purest of human pleasures." -- Francis Bacon

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Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucanas, Black and Blue Copper Marans, 1 EE, 1 white Silkie hen and 2 'milkie' chicks (marans x silkies), 1 Dominique hen. 2 female free range rabbits, 2 cats and 1 dog. Homesteader, organic gardener, and most importantly chicken fanatic!



"Gardening is the purest of human pleasures." -- Francis Bacon

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Thanks big_smile

I got my chicks Easter of 2011. I have 5 Silkies 3 white hens, 1 brown, and A white cockerel named Pippen, And A Rhode Island Roo named Funkey.

 

I love chickens and all the little things about them that make me laugh  
 

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I got my chicks Easter of 2011. I have 5 Silkies 3 white hens, 1 brown, and A white cockerel named Pippen, And A Rhode Island Roo named Funkey.

 

I love chickens and all the little things about them that make me laugh  
 

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