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Are these mite eggs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Nitrostreak, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Nitrostreak

    Nitrostreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I was visiting my flock and checking them over for injuries, when I came across something kinda gross...

    I was prepared for moulting, but I'm kind of confused as to what is going on here.

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    I found these strange, egg-looking things on a majority of my birds. Is this just a by-product of the moulting process, or do my birds have mites (or something worse?)

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    Sorry about the picture quality. Doctor Whooster didn't wanna sit still for the picture. [​IMG]
     
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  2. Nitrostreak

    Nitrostreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone? [​IMG]
     
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never dealt with mites, but it looks like an insect egg sac. Since most of your birds have them, I vote mites. There are several treatment options available. Search the site for mite treatment and you'll get lots of info.
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    From those photos I just see protein shafts on the base of the feathers, but if you do indeed in person see gross lookin' white sacs and clumps, yes, they're lice eggs.
     
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Illia what about that football shaped cluster just left of center?
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I think I see a little fuzzy spot but I'm not sure, 'tis why I say to the OP about their own personal view.
     
  7. Nitrostreak

    Nitrostreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lice?! D: Oh, dear no... Does this mean, since I tend to get cuddly with a couple of my chickens, that I could have picked them up too?

    The egg-clumps do look kind of like that picture, but there's none around the base of the feather, just hanging out between them.

    Guess it's time to look up treatments [​IMG]
     
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    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you look really close, do you see individual eggs in a clump? Also check the vent area.
     
  9. Nitrostreak

    Nitrostreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, individual eggs are there. I'll have to check their vents next chance I get, it's too dark out now.
     

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