balls at feather ends...anyone know what is it and how to clear it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by paddi22, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. paddi22

    paddi22 New Egg

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    One of our hens has these balls type of things at the end of her feathers. It looks like balls of dirt covered in a soft sugar style substance. We tried washing her in a bath but it didn't loosen them.

    She is eating fine and free ranging as normal so she doesn't seem sickly at all.

    Does anyone know the best way to get rid of them. i don't want to cut into them in case I shouldn't.

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  2. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    Lice eggs appear at the end of the feather shaft and have a similar appearance.
     
  3. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

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    Here's a photo for you to see if it is similar:
    http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html

    Use the search bar above and type "lice"
    You'll get lots of treatment suggestions.
    I suggest Sevin powder, and begin using D.E. in your coop.
     
  4. paddi22

    paddi22 New Egg

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    yep looks like lice.. thanks a million. I'l get some treatment for it first thing in the morning..
     

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