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anyone got the receipe with pepmint soap, etc to bathe chickens may have mites?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ladyearth, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. ladyearth

    ladyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    thought I bookmarked the site but cant find it. it was Peppermint soap like Dr Bronners and couple other more natural stuff....ingredients
    cant see mites but they are still pulling or chewing on their own feathers and their faces are peeling again....and some dander on their feather surfaces and roosts....
    They are still ranging 1/2 acre and have sand in a big old four foot lon galvanized tub my Barr Rockers
    thanks yall
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2016
  2. azygous

    azygous Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    If your chickens have mites, you can see them crawling around the vent. If you don't see the bugs around the vent area, there may not be a problem. The feathers could be being munched by the chickens. Spring is a time of increasing hormone levels and so feather picking starts being a problem when it's been non-existent all winter.

    I just recently noticed the neck feathers of one of my hens are all frayed, and I installed pinless peepers on the culprit. So far it's working to curb the behavior.
  3. ladyearth

    ladyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    Like I mentioned many times before they are scratching and plucking their own feathers. I have seen them countless times....all year long...
    Plus those micro sized mites you cant see.
    Plus pray tell me how anyone can see any thing on a squirming chicken with countless thick feathers.? unless they are dead and or unconscious....
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2016
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    The best time to check for external pests is at night, when the chickens are in sleep mode. You'll have to push the feathers aside and examine the skin closely (around the vent and under the wings are where they like to hide). I have no idea about the soap recipe though, sorry. When I have mites/lice, I aim to get rid of them as quick as possible, so I reach for poultry dust. I'm guessing you're wanting to go as natural as possible.

    Good luck.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I would hesitate to use peppermint soap on a chicken, it can be irritating to the skin and the fumes could cause respiratory issues on their sensitive lungs.

    Yes, it's hard to see tiny bugs....a bright light, an extra hand to help hold the bird off the roost at night, and research (before bird examination) of images to ID bugs and their eggs is needed.
  6. ladyearth

    ladyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2013
    yeah read about it to control mites other than lime sulfur dip????
    . plus you rinse it off.... so how is it any worse than lime sulfur dip? Plus those scaley mites are microscopic.so flashlight not gonna help
    cause now they have peeling skin on their faces again....or its worse now.

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