Blue comb and thin inects

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DrChickenKev, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. DrChickenKev

    DrChickenKev Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2011
    Hi again all,

    Possibly needing some pretty fast help,

    Well we have an issue with Jools, our rescue hen with an abnormally large comb - its turned blue increasingly over the past day or two. I've read around and thought we had lost her as many suggest heart and/or circulation problems.

    I checked her vent which seemed fine, but she is just standing still, feathers fluffed up and eyes closed

    I read some suggestions that it may be lice or mites?

    Just been to check again and her comb is blue and cold, looked in her feathers and there are long thin insects crawling around - they look like hyper-sized head lice that the kids get.

    I'm assuming this is the issue. Whats the cure?

    Thanks in advance
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:I recommend that you dust her with sevin dust. Repeat dusting in 10 days to kill nits hatched from eggs. You'll need to dust the inside of her house, roosts and nests as well, redust again in 10 days. Mites can cause anemia, then death. This might be her problem to begin with. It's possible for her to have lice as well. Sevin dust will get them.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2011
  3. DrChickenKev

    DrChickenKev Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2011
    Thanks for the reply

    Couldnt find Sevin but have tried some Johnsons powder on them all

    I've seperated our poorly girl and when I have more time at the weekend will try and sort out the whole house
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    Seven will be found in the garden section of a store. It is an insecticide. I would also worm her. I use Wazine. That I found at the feed store. She will need the Wazine first, and then 2 weeks later follow up with Ivermectin. It kills what Wazine can miss. The Ivermection is to strong to use first. If she has worms it's best to kill them off in stages, rather than overwhelm the bird. I hope she survives for you.

    I would treat the whole flock with the Seven, Wazine, and 2 weeks later Ivermectin.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2011
  5. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    Quote:like baby powder? that will do nothing. There are also other insecticidal powders like Pestene etc. Ask at the store.

    Look for anything in a tube with a pick of bugs, chickens, dogs or pigs on it. Then MAKE SURE you read the back to make sure its safe to put on your chickies. Good luck with them [​IMG]
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    Quote:You can get Sevin dust at any garden center.
  7. DrChickenKev

    DrChickenKev Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2011
    Hi again,

    Thanks for all your advice, unfortunately I've only just realised there were some more messages?!! Can you tell I'm still new here??

    Anyway, I shall be looking in the garden centre for the different suggestions, however, we lost Jools last night, I thought she was getting better, but she seemed to dip back down yesterday, and this morning there isn't any movement looking through her door, I shall have a better look in the next hour, but I think she's gone.

    Last edited: Oct 24, 2011

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