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I have only a couple chickens, out of 20 adults, who seem to have some very tiny white bugs on their faces. Maybe other places, but only noticed on the face. They seem to dart in and out of the feathers on the face, around the eye. None of the others show any signs. We have DE in coop and sprinkled on the roosts.

 

What am I likely dealing with here, and how can I rid them from my flock?

2 years ago, a flat-lander, in FL, hiding in the house due to 8 months of heat and humidity every year. Now, living in the Smoky Mountains, gardening, keeping chickens, and loving life. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I used to list here the breeds of chickens I owned. There is not enough room to do that anymore. I have lots of chickens....

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2 years ago, a flat-lander, in FL, hiding in the house due to 8 months of heat and humidity every year. Now, living in the Smoky Mountains, gardening, keeping chickens, and loving life. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I used to list here the breeds of chickens I owned. There is not enough room to do that anymore. I have lots of chickens....

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Originally Posted by Jeffross1968 View Post

I have only a couple chickens, out of 20 adults, who seem to have some very tiny white bugs on their faces. Maybe other places, but only noticed on the face. They seem to dart in and out of the feathers on the face, around the eye. None of the others show any signs. We have DE in coop and sprinkled on the roosts.

 

What am I likely dealing with here, and how can I rid them from my flock?

Lice. Here's a link to help you identify what type of lice it is and a link how to treat them:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig140

http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html


 

 


Edited by dawg53 - 3/17/12 at 1:56pm


     Most people have no clue...Forewarned is Forearmed

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     Most people have no clue...Forewarned is Forearmed

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well this is convenient... just checking my roo who has become very weak and lost strength in his legs... well he is covered in lice ... I assume.. I know the larger ones are for sure.... have had a few on me while handleing him.. but tonight I noted teeny tiny white bugs crawling on his face, waddles and ears.... I assume on more of his body... but can only see as contrast to the red.... looked further and found the black dots of lice excrement.... could this weakness be from something as small as these.... I assume since he had always slept in a box he may have had more contact.... I know I need to do a thorough clean of the coop... had to wait till spring to arrive... my other girls tend to bath in the ash boxes that we provide... but Rocky never did... sorry for bumping on ... but thanks for asking the question....

Love my chicks- 1Jersey/langhan roo, 1 barred rock/orpington roo, 3 new roos from this years batch. Hens: 1 barred rock, 2 RIR, 4 black jerseys, 1 white  jersey, 1 Golden Comets,1 light brahmas,1 Chantecler, 5 buff Orpingtons,1 Andalusian 2 frizzles, 2 americaunas, and a bunch of mixes!!!!! Addition of 4 muscovys!
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Love my chicks- 1Jersey/langhan roo, 1 barred rock/orpington roo, 3 new roos from this years batch. Hens: 1 barred rock, 2 RIR, 4 black jerseys, 1 white  jersey, 1 Golden Comets,1 light brahmas,1 Chantecler, 5 buff Orpingtons,1 Andalusian 2 frizzles, 2 americaunas, and a bunch of mixes!!!!! Addition of 4 muscovys!
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Indeed, they can be the cause of his weakness AND WILL KILL him if not promptly treated.

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i treated him today with a good dusting....

Love my chicks- 1Jersey/langhan roo, 1 barred rock/orpington roo, 3 new roos from this years batch. Hens: 1 barred rock, 2 RIR, 4 black jerseys, 1 white  jersey, 1 Golden Comets,1 light brahmas,1 Chantecler, 5 buff Orpingtons,1 Andalusian 2 frizzles, 2 americaunas, and a bunch of mixes!!!!! Addition of 4 muscovys!
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Love my chicks- 1Jersey/langhan roo, 1 barred rock/orpington roo, 3 new roos from this years batch. Hens: 1 barred rock, 2 RIR, 4 black jerseys, 1 white  jersey, 1 Golden Comets,1 light brahmas,1 Chantecler, 5 buff Orpingtons,1 Andalusian 2 frizzles, 2 americaunas, and a bunch of mixes!!!!! Addition of 4 muscovys!
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i treated him today with a good dusting....


Dont forget to redust him again in 10 days to kill nits hatched from eggs...the same with his box he slept in.

 


     Most people have no clue...Forewarned is Forearmed

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     Most people have no clue...Forewarned is Forearmed

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I hope I have that chance... feel so bad for the fello..... will certainly clean their coop too. Thanks Dawg.

Love my chicks- 1Jersey/langhan roo, 1 barred rock/orpington roo, 3 new roos from this years batch. Hens: 1 barred rock, 2 RIR, 4 black jerseys, 1 white  jersey, 1 Golden Comets,1 light brahmas,1 Chantecler, 5 buff Orpingtons,1 Andalusian 2 frizzles, 2 americaunas, and a bunch of mixes!!!!! Addition of 4 muscovys!
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Love my chicks- 1Jersey/langhan roo, 1 barred rock/orpington roo, 3 new roos from this years batch. Hens: 1 barred rock, 2 RIR, 4 black jerseys, 1 white  jersey, 1 Golden Comets,1 light brahmas,1 Chantecler, 5 buff Orpingtons,1 Andalusian 2 frizzles, 2 americaunas, and a bunch of mixes!!!!! Addition of 4 muscovys!
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