I had noticed a tiny bug on one hen a couple days ago, so I treated everyone today with permethrin. It went amazingly smooth. I put the powder in an old cotton sock and puffed it all over, under their wings, tops and their vents really well. Dusted the roosts, etc. I will do it again in about 8 days.
As I was watching them, making sure none had reactions, I noticed one hen with a swollen foot. Sure enough... bumblefoot. It looks like one big cyst between her toes. Poor thing. I'm a baby when it comes to any kind of surgery, so I went ahead and bought Tricide-neo on line (found koiacres.com that has a free ship special). I also found Preperation H (Equate brand) and vetrap on Amazon. I got 10 rolls of vetrap... it was a good deal and I can't resist a good deal! lol
There's a reason my title says "dumb, dumb, dumb". When we built the coop in the spring, hubby used road millings all around the outside... including in the run. DUH. Full of rocks. I spent hours tonight raking and hauling rocks away with more to do tomorrow. I'll get a truckload of sand to cover it after that. I also had my roosts much too high, but I have already changed that.
Sigh... all these things I wish I had known earlier.
Hopefully she pulls through the bumblefoot okay! I should get everything delivered by Aug 3rd or 4th and will start soaking with epsom salt tomorrow while we're waiting.
Shhhhhhhhh... hubby doesn't know what I've spent.