I bought 8 chicks two weeks ago and all was well. I bought 6 more Monday from a large store whose name I wont mention. I was skeptical of the black sexlinks but somehow talked myself into buying two. That was a mistake and I'm not going to bother justifying it. I think this pair brought the lice onto the brooder. They looked a little ruffled but the store had a ton of them in one brooder a day or so before, so I thought it was just from being crowded.
This am I noticed a flat white thing on the back of one of my older chicks (a silkie) I did a little reading and did the following:
-Put the chicks in a pair or boxes with about 1/8 inch of hardwood ash on the bottom (which a few of them dust bathed in) while I removed the pine shavings from the brooder (metal tub style)
-Took the bedding outside
-Dusted the brooder tub with Rotenone 1%, ensuring any recessed areas/seams got dusted.
-Put in fresh shavings
-Washed the feeder and waterer
-Put a little Rotenone on my finger tips and then dusted gently the backs and wings/underwings of each chick with it?
-The black sex links had some small bald spots so I treated them with a light coat of olive oil.
-Each chick went back in the brooder one at a time after being treated.
Did I do OK? I'm kinda freakin out here...first time raising chicks.
Any comments or Input greatly appreciated!!!