bugs, but not mites on my chicken!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by niralouise, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. niralouise

    niralouise New Egg

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    This morning when I was holding my new 6 month old hen, I noticed a bunch bugs on my sleeve. They were tan-colored, half of a grain of rice sized, burrowing, semi-hard body, 2 part body, no wings, not maggot, not mite, no visible legs and not lice. She just came from a farm and I never seen this before.
    I read the other posts and looked at the pictures of mites and lice. They are not these. Her legs are fine. She dust bathes too.
    I took a picture, but it just looks like a beige half piece of rice.
    Thanks so much.
    PS What is DE?
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2008
  2. chickenlady

    chickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    It is definately some sort of parasite you need to get rid of quickly. I know this is sometimes controversial here, but I use Sevin 5% garden dust. I sprinkle it on the chickens vent area, and under the wings. It works quickly to kill the unwanted parasites. They say you should not eat any eggs laid for a short period following dusting however, we eat them anyway.
     
  3. niralouise

    niralouise New Egg

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    Thanks,
    I'll do it right now.
    I'm guessing she won't like it when they all start crawling around pre-death, but I'll do it.
     
  4. ChickaD

    ChickaD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE is diatomaceous earth, natural, effective, many uses for pets & animals, may be hard to find locally as you have to get food grade only - very important. When you get a moment, you could do a search here on it. Most folks seem to get it by mail...price is reasonable depending on the source, only the shipping price is painful. :eek:
     

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