Are these old mite eggs? (Pictures)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cyberous, May 16, 2009.

  1. Cyberous

    Cyberous Chillin' With My Peeps

    I picked two adoptees (Red Star and RIR)

    The RIR has not prouced since I've had her (3 weeks) She has always had a nasty poopy bottom. Her vent is always hyper active so I made up my mind I was going to wash her bottom.

    She was very cooperative as I placed her bum in a bucket of water. As I massaged her bum I felt bumps. I flipped her over and found what I though were clumps of poo stuck to her feathers. Upon closer observation the clumps were stuck at the base of about 10 feathers. I don't know if I did the right thing but I plucked each one out. She didn't put up too much of a fuss.

    So what are they? Mite eggs? I've never seen her scratch.

    I do DE the coop all the time, so my thought is she might of had mites at one time?

    Thanks in advance!



  2. NakedNeck

    NakedNeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2009
    That is very strange looking! I dont know what it is, but I think it would be interesting to find out. Hope everything goes well with the hen. [​IMG]
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK

    Actually, I think mites lay their eggs along the feather tract whereas lice lay there's at the base of the feather.
  4. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    [​IMG] I do hope someone has an answer for you. Another learning experience. I hope it is not serious. You may want to check the other birds and see if they have it too. Good luck!
  5. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    Oh my! I have never seen that. Hopefully soemone knows....
  6. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    Don't know what those are, but [​IMG]

    Hope you find out and whatever it is doesn't come back!
  7. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    Lice eggs are usually layed at the base of feathers but they are white so I give those 5 million [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I'm thinking they are mites or lice. One clumps at the base of the feather and one spreads out along the stalk; I forget which is which. And I don't know whether it is the critter or the eggs that clump. Same treatment anyway.
  9. Cyberous

    Cyberous Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think it must be lice, thanks for the link!

    I'm going to inspect everyone tomorrow.

    And I too [​IMG],.. had to go take a shower after doing that... (I'm such a wuss)

    Thanks again everyone!


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