Baby Chicks Arrived - Now We Have A Problem - Help! ((Pics))

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Picky Chicky, May 2, 2009.

  1. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Momma hen FINALLY hatched her first babies. She's been so broody for the past few months that I finally gave her some (foster) eggs to sit on that had been fertilized. After a long 21 days she hatched 5 out of 6 (maybe the 6th one will hatch tonight). They are absolutely ADORABLE. This is my first time having baby chicks around myself.

    So before I show everyone the cutie pie pics, I need some help. It turns out all of my girls are having issues with mites. I use the food grade DE in their coop, but I read somewhere that I should be providing them the DE for them to have dust baths in.

    Now Momma hen is infested and I know she'll get them onto her babies. Now what should I do to make sure nobody is miserably infected?

    Thanks for the help!

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    My favorite so far is this first chickie...
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  2. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't know-- Dust each one with DE- I think you can put it directly on them
     
  3. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know for sure if it'll be ok on the babies or should I wait any particular amount of time?

    Also, how should I put the DE out for the girls to dust bathe in?? Does anyone have a picture of how they use it?

    Thanks again!
     
  4. tryingtohaveitall

    tryingtohaveitall Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've read, there's no "poison" in the DE per se, so I think it should be fine to dust the babies with, though I'm sure you would want to avoid them breathing it in.

    Your babies are adorable!
     
  5. Chicky Tocks

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    Can you take them all out of the box, dust the pine shavings already in it and once it's settled, put them all back in?
     
  6. journey11

    journey11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put cedar shavings in with my nest boxes to discourage mites, but I am not sure if it would be bad for the babies. They are such cuties, btw! [​IMG]
     
  7. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Why don't you try just dusting Mama? The chicks will be spending so much time under her feathers they'll probably get sufficient fall-out from the dust on her.

    I use 5% Sevin Dust on my birds to keep the mites off. I also use it to dust all around a broody's nest to protect against mites and fire ants.
     
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Quote:I've read many posts warning against using cedar shavings with chicks, enough that I wouldn't use them.
     

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