Can it be lice in baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by pattee, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple of my 3 day old babies are scratching like crazy...

    Should I get something for them? If so what is the safest thing I could put on them being so young?

    Oh and they all made it through the first night!!!
    Whewwwwww
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Where did the chicks come from? Another person give them to you? Ordered through the mail? Hatched them yourself?

    Where are you brooding them? In the house? In a coop? In the garage?

    What are you using for bedding? Cedar? Pine? Paper?
     
  3. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for answering...
    I got them from My Pet Chicken.
    They are my house.
    And I'm using pine shavings.

    Some people tell me just to use newspaper, and not shavings. They will eat the shavings.

    Thanks again~
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Personally, I would put them on paper towels or puppy pads until they are at least a week old. Don't know about the scratching though.
     
  5. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine didn't have any problems on pine shaving.

    Good Luck
     
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  6. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think we all probably are going to have our own experience huh?

    I do have puppy pads from our old dog... this I might try!

    Thanks everyone!
     
  7. WikkitGateFarm

    WikkitGateFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    You ever try growing feathers? They ITCH! Birds spend a huge amount of their day taking care of their feathers. Preening, grooming, zipping them together, fluffing them up, etc. etc.

    How's the humidity? We get itchy in the winter when it gets too dry. Not too much of a problem in the rainy spring.

    Bird lice will be visible if you look closely, but they can move. Check the base of the feathers and look for small clusters of eggs. The grown-out feathers can look pretty scruffy, if they have the feather-chewing kinds of lice.

    Oh, and don't worry about catching them yourself, lice are nearly species-specific. Humans get their own kinds.
     
  8. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree if you are worried about them eating the shavings put some down in the bottom of the brooder and then cover with paper towels.....I did this with my new babies. They learned to eat their food and that the shavings were not food. I learned that here! It worked great for mine. They are now on shavings and they don't eat it at all.

    I did hear it wasn't good to put down newspaper....It's too slippery.
     
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  9. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL~ Your right I have never grown feathers! I thought at 3 days old they wouldn't be preening yet... but that might be exactly what their doing~

    I heard newspaper wasn't good too. [​IMG]
     
  10. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
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    We tried putting paper towels over the shavings but my little rooster still couldn't stand on it. He kept slipping and sliding so that's why my chicks went straight to wood shavings.
     

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