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Chicken Mites and lice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brightonchicks, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. brightonchicks

    brightonchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am going to dust my pullets with seven powder but what do you use to clean the coop and rid it of these buggers? It is a small coop.
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    You can use sevin dust in the coop also.
     
  3. brightonchicks

    brightonchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But don't I need a spray to get into all the cracks, something that will stick to or stay on the roost?
     
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    LisaLouHoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did this today, so thanks @dawg53. It worked really well. I had the dust swirling in the air for at least 10 min! Now, hopefully the mites will be gone. I had to cull a pullet for failure to thrive and using a magnifying glass, I noticed the tiny red mites on her skin and they quickly got on my arms. I don't know how anyone would discover these unless you are able to have a tame enough hen and a magnifying glass handy to spread the feathers and have them hold still. I was glad I checked her out before getting rid of the body.
     
  6. MissBokBok

    MissBokBok Out Of The Brooder

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    In the future, you can go into the coop at night with a flashlight and shine it directly on their faces. After about a minute, you will see tiny red dots moving on their skin. I think the bugs come out in response to the light. As far as lice, look between their feathers while they're perched. You might see a very quick tan movement, but a better sign is clumps of spiderweb-looking things on the base of their feathers. These are the eggs. Hope that helps.
     

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