Chicks and hen with little white bugs!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RingneckParrot, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. RingneckParrot

    RingneckParrot Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 8, 2012
    Sydney, NSW
    Hello, my broody hen hatched out three chickens about a week ago. A couple of days ago, I picked up one of the chicks, and to my horror, found tiny little white bugs crawling around the chick's vent. The bugs were also going inside, and that's when I started to freak out. I also noticed the mother hen having these crawl around her face whilst she was incubating the eggs too. Someone recommended that I use some Vaseline (petroleum jelly) around the chicks' vent, legs, groin, and on the head, as soon as possible. I really love my chicks, and they are looking really quite healthy, and just about all of them were dust bathing today.
    I am not sure if the Vaseline is the right treatment, and I really want to treat this as soon as possible. I have also heard of this 'Sevin' powder/dust, but I do not know where to get that from. I also do not know how to treat the nest box or anything. The nesting box is wood, with some straw for bedding.
    Please help, I have no idea what to do, and I really do not want to lose my precious chicks.
    Thank you! :)
  2. JesNflock

    JesNflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2013
    NE Florida,US
    I don't know much about it, but I do know you will need to clean out the nest boxes completely including bedding/straw. I can get Sevin dust at Tractor supply Co. (If you don't have that then maybe a garden store or somewhere you get poultry feed) You will need to treat the nest boxes really well.

    Edited to add: you sprinkle the dust in the nest boxes making sure to get any cracks or crevices really well..
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2014

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