Bald Butts? - MITES/LICE?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by swedishfish, May 14, 2009.

  1. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of my hens have lost feathers on their bums. Why? What can I do? Are they okay? They aren't acting weird or anything...The feathers that ARE there are a bit poopy too...
     
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  2. crazy hen quartet

    crazy hen quartet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have also noticed that one of my hens seems to be a bit bald on the hind end. But everything seems normal - eating, drinking, activity, egg production. So I will be watching to see if anyone replies.
     
  3. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they molting? why do chickens molt anyways? They pick at it a bit...maybe I just need to clean their bums off.
     
  4. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lice
     
  5. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how do you get rid of lice? aaah! could I catch lice from them?
     
  6. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can I just spread DE around, or do I need to do something else too? I don't want my chickies to have lice!
     
  7. Lov'emSouthernEggs

    Lov'emSouthernEggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got some DE. I'd like to know if it works as well as it claims. Does anyone use it? I also have hens with bare butts...

    Though it ended up turning into something nasty.[​IMG] Watching to see if new ones do the same thing.


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  8. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just read something suggesting sevin? so should I treat with that and then use DE for prevention? could I just use DE and not worry about the sevin? Where do you get this stuff - IFA? How much should I get for 12 birds?
     
  9. swedishfish

    swedishfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anybody? I want to know so I can do what I need to tomorrow morning!
     
  10. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    First off, you have to determine if lice/mites are present. To do this, pick a couple birds off the roost tonight and check under their tail and around their vent with a good flashlight. If you see any minute little bugs scurrying for cover, you`ve got them.

    To treat them as radically as you can without affecting egg eddibility, get some Adams flea and tick dip. Mix it up as directed in a 5 gallon bucket, and proceed to dip EVERY bird on the place. Do it on a warm morning so they have a warm day to dry.

    Clean out the litter from the coop and dust heavily with sevin dust. Don`t forget the nests. Replce with clean litter. If showering with hot water and soap, includiing a good shampoo doesn`t make you feel like they are all off of you, do it again.

    Like I said, you can eat the eggs and this treatment will get the new ones as they hatch. In fact, you can still smell it for at least a month, but it`s not offensive. Good luck.......Pop
     

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