Bringing new birds home. Worried about mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Its Just Us Chickens, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Its Just Us Chickens

    Its Just Us Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    We were given a chick (americauna), about a month old, by someone who raises chickens. It was an odd egg she stuck under a brooding hen, and she is letting us have it. Anyhow, her chickens have mites. I have no idea if this baby has mites or not ( I haven't seen it yet, dh is bringing it home now) and am worried about how to treat it, and if it will spread mites to the rest of my chickens.
    How do I know if it has mites, how do I treat it and prevent spreading it?

    Forgot to say: He's also bringing me 2 silkies. They came from the mother of the woman who gave us the chick. DOn't know if they have mites or not.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2010
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Go to the feed store or any store that sells garden supplies and pick up some garden insect dust or Sevin dust. Sprinkle it on the chick and you won't have a problem. It might be a good idea to treat your older birds too, I've not seen many flocks that were totally mite/lice free.
  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

    Jun 10, 2010
    What shelley said, and I would keep that chicken quarantined someplace else for a few days after treatment so you can check to be sure before putting her in with the others. When we treat for mites in ANY animal, we wash, treat, wait 2-3 days, wash, treat, and check back in another 2 days just to be sure. Mites can go from just being there to very bad in a very short amount of time under the right conditions.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Feed stores around here sell "Poultry Dust" which is an insecticide especially used for mites. I'd rather use that than a garden product.... but that's just me.
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:The feed store here sells a product that is for both garden insects and poultry dusting, but several people on this forum use Sevin dust on their birds [​IMG]

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