Chicks covered in mites from the breeder....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Cheepingchick, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Cheepingchick

    Cheepingchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, don't know if this is the correct place to post but looking for some advice...

    I picked up to hens from a breeder 3 days ago - because they were flighty I just let them into a sectioned off area of my coop so they could become accustom to the new surroundings. After a day I added some of my chicks - they are the same age - to help them socalise a little.... Then the following day (today) I was cuddling one of my chicks and it had mites all over it [​IMG].

    I checked the others in the sectioned area and they all had them - the new ones had so many eggs on their heads I am surprised I didn't notice earlier..... On inspection of all my other girls there was not a mite to be found - just the ones in the sectioned off area with the new chicks. I have now cleaned all the chicks and the entire pen - will do it again shortly - but now I have a new problem....

    Should I contact the lady I purchased the 2 chicks off? I totally understand that mites can be caught from wild birds and that sometimes these things just happen BUT these poor chicks were just riddled with them - after washing them it looked as though they had been in light snow because all the dead mites were sticking to their black feathers. I don't know what the protocol is in this situation - if someone could please advise me [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    That's a tough one but often people aren't aware and I think I would want to know.

    On another note IMHO you should have quarantined the new birds at least 2 weeks at a significant distance from your birds, at least 40 ft. away. This should always be done bringing in fowl regardless of where they're from.
     
  3. Cheepingchick

    Cheepingchick Out Of The Brooder

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    You are totally right about keeping them separated- will defiantly do that in the future. I will shoot her a quick email- I just didn't want to sound rude......
     
  4. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use Sevin dust on them.Dust in the nestboxes replace nesting material or in dusting boxes. You can also use a kitten flea powder on them if you have that too.
     
  5. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should definitely let her know, she may simply be unaware and would be grateful for the heads up. You could always word the email as a oh, BTW, I just recently discovered mites in my coop and the birds I got from you seemed to have more mites on them than any of the others when I treated, you might want to check your flock to be sure they don't have any. That would make it non-confrontational, pointing out a problem that you are having without directly calling her out saying that she caused said problem.
     
  6. Cheepingchick

    Cheepingchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I will use your tact - I don't really mind my chicks having them as that was my fault for mixing them so quickly - and most importantly they are now mite free - just thought she might want to know and I was unsure how to approach it with her without sounding aggressive and accusational....
     

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