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Black spots (eggs) on my Buffs head?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aikid0, Mar 8, 2014.

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    aikid0 Out Of The Brooder

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    After closer examination of my Buffs head and ear itlooks she has some type of black egg aaround her head and ear.
    can anyone explain what this is?
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    I have posted a photo of what I think is an infestation of a type of tic on my chicken head.
    Does anyone recognize this problem?
     
  4. Eggcessive

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    The picture is from too far away to look at details. Do you live in a cold climate or a warm one right now? In Florida and southern states there can be stick tight fleas: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg236 Poultry ticks can also infest chickens causing diease: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/poultry-ticks The two links in my other posts show many close-up pictures of the different types of mite and lice. Use a large magnifying glass and tweezers to remove one to find out what you are dealing with.
     
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    I believe you got on the reference to the stoplight flea. I have dipped the birds twice using a product suggested by the folks at tractor supply. I dipped 10 days apart. Any suggestions on if I need to treat the soil? Thanks so much
     
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    I forgot to say I live in Florida.
     
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    I wouldn't treat the soil since your chickens will eat the poison, but I would use Ravap or Permectrin (permethrin) to spray the coop, nest boxes, and roosts after cleaning it out. Here is a link that has both products: http://www.jefferspet.com/ravap-ec/camid/liv/cp/A9-R2/
     
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    I have done as suggested above. I have also put Vaseline on the fleas this past weekend. I will keep you posted. Please send any other advise on getting rid of the stick flea.
     

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