Are these mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DelaneyMGB25, May 19, 2019.

  1. DelaneyMGB25

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    Hello, I was holding one of my broody’s chicks, and noticed something on it’s heading. The are white little clumps, they can’t be blown off, and they aren’t pulled off easily either. The clumps are on both chicks, but one has a lot more, and the other only a few. They are only of the very top of their head, and around their comb.
    Are these mites? Just dirt/poop/gross from the egg and hatching? The chicks are 6 days old.
    I didn’t see any mites on momma, but she has very thick (Wyandotte) feathers, and I might of missed them. If they are mites, will dusting just momma be good, or will I have to dust the babies too?

    Sorry that the pictures aren’t too great, it was difficult taking pictures of a babies chirping for mom. Thanks for any help!
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  2. Hencraze24

    Hencraze24 Songster

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    Yes, someone posted something very similar to this a couple weeks back, nobody could figure out what it was. Probably lice, if they were on the head. Make sure it doesn't spread. Is she acting normal?
     
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  3. DelaneyMGB25

    DelaneyMGB25 Songster

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    Yes, they are both lively little chicks, developing and growing fine. I haven’t noticed anything odd.
    I’ve dusted mom, cleaned their pen, sprinkled dust in the pen, and gave them a thin lair of new bedding. Should I take a q-tip and put some dust on the chicks head, or should the amount they pick up from mom’s feathers be sufficient?
     
  4. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    What kind of dust do you have?
     
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  5. DelaneyMGB25

    DelaneyMGB25 Songster

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    Sevin Dust
     
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  6. Wyorp Rock

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    It's hard to tell what that is from the photo.
    Could it be keratin from emerging feathers? (chick dander)
     
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  7. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    It does not look like mites to me either.

    Do you see anything moving?

    Looks like new feather stuff to me.
     
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  8. DelaneyMGB25

    DelaneyMGB25 Songster

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    I don’t see anything moving. As for the new feather idea, would there then be a reason only the two chicks outside have this, and not any of the indoor chicks?
     
  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Are the chicks the same breed and age?
     
  10. DelaneyMGB25

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    The chicks outside are modern Game, while the ones inside are either modern Game or old English, all Bantams.

    The ones outside are not the same exact age as the ones inside, but within a week or two of them. When they were at the week old age (where the outdoor chicks are at) I put little bands on them for identification, and none had this condition.
     
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