Chicken parasite? Worm type thing? HELP!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by nayeli, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. nayeli

    nayeli Songster

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    Alright, so I'm newer to chickens. I started with chicks and they still aren't laying yet. We recently cleaned out their tractor and removed the duck, which has helped keep it cleaner (removing the duck I mean). I was letting them out this morning and pet one then noticed a bunch of tiny worm like things crawling on my hand. They were small and dark and definately moving! What are they, are they harmful? How do I get rid of them?
     

  2. chkn

    chkn Songster

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    Are they maggots? Then you need to treat her for fly strike.
     
  3. nayeli

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    They aren't maggots. I have tried looking it up and haven't found anything yet. I treated them with Seven dust and put more sand in their coops for them to "bathe" themselves. I also added ACV to their water so if it is a parasite it will help them! Tomorrow they are getting vitamins too...
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    "A bunch of tiny wormlike things crawling on your hand" They are some type of larva from an insect. They arnt internal worms. Worms cannot survive outside the host.
     
  5. Chicka-de

    Chicka-de Hatching

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    See if it happens again and get some good pictures.
     
  6. RachelleM1986

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    How small are they? If they're super-duper-itty-bittie-teenie-tiny, I'd assume mites or lice... Definitely dust them in either Diatomaceous Earth, plain 'ol firepit ash, or a commercial insecticide powder; I use DE constantly for poultry mite management as well as any worm any of my critters can get. I even killed flea infestations on some rescue rabbits with the stuff, it's amazing.
     
  7. nayeli

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    They were tiny. I used DE and haven't seen them since.
     

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