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Chicken with mites?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bubbles11, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Bubbles11

    Bubbles11 Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a picture of my chicken. I'm not sure if she has mites. She lost her feathers on her wings within a day or so. I had left all my girls and guy in the coop one day because we had unusually low temps during the day and I did not want them out in it. So I'm not sure if she has mites or when left in they all ganged up on her b[​IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    If these feathers all disappeared in one day, then I would have to say it is cannibalism from the others. Mites irritate the skin for some time and the feathers get preened out or break over time.

    I would spray some Blu-kote on that patch of skin to help prevent infection and to keep the others from bothering this spot, and try to figure out what is going on. If the birds are too cramped in, they are going to go off on each other. So give them more space, and things to do...hanging cabbages or veggies, seed pecking blocks, get them out into the run or free ranging. Bored chickens pick on each other.

    And make sure they are getting enough protein. Chicken will eat their feathers when they are not getting enough of it.
     
  3. Bubbles11

    Bubbles11 Out Of The Brooder

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    If these feathers all disappeared in one day, then I would have to say it is cannibalism from the others. Mites irritate the skin for some time and the feathers get preened out or break over time.

    I would spray some Blu-kote on that patch of skin to help prevent infection and to keep the others from bothering this spot, and try to figure out what is going on. If the birds are too cramped in, they are going to go off on each other. So give them more space, and things to do...hanging cabbages or veggies, seed pecking blocks, get them out into the run or free ranging. Bored chickens pick on each other. 

    And make sure they are getting enough protein. Chicken will eat their feathers when they are not getting enough of it.
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  4. Bubbles11

    Bubbles11 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you do much for responding. I'm actually have no idea what a mite looks like. The pick at them selves but not all that much. And I figure if one has then they all would have. They all look fine. We are still learning. I bought spray for mites so I'll still apply that. Every one talks about warms. I've never dewormed them. Not sure what to get. It's hard to know because everyone has their own opinion.
     
  5. gander007

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