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Can't identify these! Help please.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by beckybee, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. beckybee

    beckybee In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2016
    Portland Dorset UK
    Hi, New to chicken keeping so please excuse if obvious! Sorry for bad picture but can anyone tell me what these are? I've just found them on my polish cockerel. They're not red mite and too dark for lice. They are black and around 2mm long. The polish hen has lost a lot of feathers and has stopped laying but I put that down to season change and moulting but now I'm a bit concerned it could be something nasty. [​IMG]

  2. AriadneCastro

    AriadneCastro In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2016
    Sintra, Portugal
    They look like mites to me (or something of the sort...) and I'm pretty sure they eat the bird's feathers. I hope someone experienced comes along to help us out, because I have also seen these on my deceased Silkie hen. I never knew what killed her...
  3. rebrascora

    rebrascora Crowing

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK

    They appear to be the shape of lice rather than mites but as you say they are quite dark in colour. I would treat with louse powder anyway and see if it sorts them. Or, if you don't have one already, make your chickens a good dust bathing area and add some wood ash to it and see if they can sort it themselves.
    Assuming she is over a year old, I would imagine the loss of feathers and drop in egg production with your hen is almost certainly down to moulting. I'm in the UK and my flock are almost all looking pretty shabby at the moment with moulting and egg collection/hunting (I free range) has become a very demoralising activity in the past few weeks!

    Good luck with sorting your parasite problem. I've been fighting red mites for the past month in one of my coops and although I seem to be winning at last, the problem is taking a lot of bottoming.

    Best wishes

  4. beckybee

    beckybee In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2016
    Portland Dorset UK
    Thank you. Got some fresh DE and Net Tex coming tomorrow so fingers crossed.

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