A little advice needed please

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by daveyboy72, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. daveyboy72

    daveyboy72 New Egg

    Mar 10, 2017
    Hi I am quite new to keeping chickens and have raised 2 roosters and 3 hens from chicks, I recently had to get rid of the roosters due to complaints from the neighbours, however the predicament I am now in one of the hens has two eggs she has been keeping warm for 2 weeks now and since checking one of them is fertile and has a chick forming inside. At the same time as checking with torchlight I have also noticed red mites on the hen. Problem is how can I treat the red more problem without risking harm to the egg/chick?? I purchased some pestene powder yesterday and lightly sprinkled it around the nest however 10 minutes later removed all of the nesting material after reading on here it can be harmful. How harmful are the mites to chicks? How harmful is the powder to chicks?
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. I've never had to treat for mites, but maybe you could do a search, using the search box.

    All the best
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I'm really stumped on that. I don't know what you could use that wouldn't hurt the chicks. Maybe you could post on the "Emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures " thread.
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, daveyboy, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! I hope you are able to determine a treatment. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello, and welcome to Backyard chickens! I am so glad that you joined us, and I hope you will make yourself at home here and enjoy it as much as I have! :frow

  7. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under daveyboy72 [​IMG] Welcome!

    I use Pestene and have used it on the nest of a broody with good hatch rates and no deformities. When the chicks are hatched there is still residual Pestene in the nest and again, nothing out of the ordinary with the chicks.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
  8. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper

    Nov 3, 2010
    :welcome The mites can be deadly to the chicks and the hen. I have used Permethrin powder for mites and lice on broody hens without issues. I even sprinkled a little in the bedding to cut down the reinfestation.

    Beat wishes for you and your broody!

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