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TEENY BLACK BUG JUMPS LIKE FLEA

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When I go to clean, gather eggs, anything inside the hen house, I get the tiniest of black flea shaped (looked under magnifier) bugs on me...especially in my hair! They don't bite, but they drive me crazy crawling around! I have to get DH to go through my head until he finds and removes it.

In many cases, when he opens his fingers to kill it, it jumps off and disappears.

The few that we have managed to kill are hard to kill, like a flea.

I put Eprinex on the hens and dusted the house with Sevin, but I can't tell any difference in the hen house. 

When I pick up the hens to pet them, they don't get on me.

WHAT ARE THESE VARMITS??

HELP!

Retired teacher who is TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED, and becoming ADDICTED TO MY HENS!
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Sounds like fleas (and chickens can get fleas).  Lice and mites don't jump, so I'd doubt those two.

 

If I were you, I'd completely clean out your coop and rake up the run.  Scub down all coop surfaces with a bleach solution, rinse well, and dry thoroughly.  Dust with DE and then put in whatever bedding you normally add and lightly dust the top of that with DE as well.  Make sure you get all perches, too.

 

Give your chickens a thorough check, too.  Be especially prudent while checking around their vents, under wings, and on combs/wattles where certain pests tend to gather.  If you find anything on them, figure out what it is (photos help) and treat accordingly.
 

P.S.  Look up "springtails"...did they look like that at all?


Edited by RedDrgn - 4/19/12 at 11:31am
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Well...I don't know what to say. Maybe springtail,  but I think they aare too big. These things are about the size of a pin point. Just a black speck. I have a good camera, but I don't know if it is good enough to show anything but a speck.

According to my reasearch, there is no such thing as a flea that small!

 

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springtails-2-uc.jpg

 

I'd be willing to bet springtails at this point, then.  They don't bite, aren't actually pests to us or chickens and come in a LOT of different species (some bigger/smaller than others).  They love moisture, though, so check out cool moist areas in your run/coop and see if you find more of these critters there.  If you do, then you just need to clean up and dry the areas out.

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Thanks so much! I can't find ANY bugs on chickens or in coop...am mystified, but will go with springtails for now

Thanks again, and if ya'll think of anything else it could be, please let me know. BTW..we are in a drought, and everything is a dust bowl.

Will change the nest box hay tomorrow and see what I find!

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