bug bites

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by dlgd, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. dlgd

    dlgd Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, dumb question...but has ANYONE else have a problem with bug bites after they've handled their chickens and if so>>>WHAT THE HECK DO YOU DO ABOUT IT! I am SO miserable and I've tried everything including prescription cream. If any one has an idea that worked, HELP!:O
     
  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    are you sure its bug bites and not an allergic reaction to the chicken dander?

    if your chickens are bug free then its not bug bites

    what do these bites look like?..
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you feel yourself being bitten? Have you inspected your chickens? Look around their vents and under their wings, especially. Look right down to the skin. You should see the bugs, if they have them.

    If you aren't feeling the bites, you could have developed an allergy to either the chickens or something they come in contact with, like their litter. I also get chigger bites at certain times of the year. I don't usually feel the bites, but I do feel it later, when I get the big itchy welt.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Bet you have chicken mites...
     
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Mites/lice don't usually bite people, but I believe they can. Perhaps you have redbugs in your coop; have you put spanish moss in there lately? It is often full of redbugs (chiggers.) I agree, though, treat for lice/mites. Chickens will get lice/mites from wild birds sooner or later.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=425486
     

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