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are mites and lice contagious to us??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mrcman, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. mrcman

    mrcman Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple of my hens are loosing feathers in one concentrated area and I thought I should check them for lice or mites. I was curious whether me or the wife can become infected with them. (lice and mites) If so, is there a proper way to check my birds so we don't get infected? We're kinda new to all this. Thanks, Tony
     
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    nope you are fine...

    the lice and mites are species specific... but they can and will crawl on you but wont live and thrive like on poultry..

    when i had chickens i bought from auction i quarantine them in the basement in a pen. I had a batch that had lice.. i cared for them down there and not even my dogs or cats were affected
     
  3. mrcman

    mrcman Out Of The Brooder

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    Dar,

    Thanks for the reply. We'll check them out first thing in the morning.

    Tony
     
  4. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone posted on here before that "you may feel them crawling on you....but that's just cause they are hunting the chicken at the end of your arm." It made me feel better!
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dawg! That did not make me feel better!
     
  7. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:we dont have those suckers here.. its to cold
     
  8. mrcman

    mrcman Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi folks,

    Well, The wife and I checked three of the eight hens that seemed most affected and found no infestation. Seems hard for me to believe that they could be molting this time of the year in our location. (N.W. Pa.) I'll have to keep a close eye on them and see what happens. Thanks for your help.

    Tony
     

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