Coop infested

skjoller97

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hi, a while ago I noticed some tiny silvery-gray bugs on one of my hens. It was mostly on her neck, head and under the wings. I used sevin dust and killed them immediately and worked great! I've cleaned my coop completely (washed it down with organic soap) a couple times and now they are back more than ever! They are always on top of the egg box and and one of my Broody hens has them all over her head since she stays in the eggs box a lot more. I've noticed they are on several of my hens (I have 9) I really want to know what these are and how I can prevent them and if they are of major concern.
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skjoller97

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Just her because they weren't on anyone else and I had never seen them in the coop
 

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Do you have a picture of the bugs themselves? Knowing just what you are dealing with is going to dictate the steps to take to rid yourself of them.
Since Sevin was effective with the bugs on the bird before I would suggest dusting your entire flock, stripping the coop (including nest boxes) and treating the entire thing with a good dose of dust (or, easier still, spray). Add all new bedding and then repeat in 10 days.
 

skjoller97

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When you treat chickens for external parasites using sevin dust; not only do you have to dust your chickens, you have to dust inside their coop. That includes nests and roosts. Then you have to redust your birds and inside the coop again in 7-10 days prior to the parasites reproducing.
An easy way to dust inside the coop is to put a handful of the dust at the entrance to their house. Make sure all vents are closed or covered and no chickens inside. Next, get your leaf blower and hit the pile of dust full blast. It'll look like a smoke bomb went off inside the coop. I guarantee you the dust will get in every crack and crevice and take care of the parasites and any other 6 or 8 legged bug. It'll take about 30-40 minutes for the dust to settle, then open the vents. Use a broom to 'pat down' the bedding on the coop floor and nests. Where old chicken clothes/shoes and mask when you do this.
As for the chickens themselves; put a good amount of sevin dust in a paper grocery bag. Then grab a hen and put her in the bag with her head sticking out the top. Grab the bag where the neck is and hold on to it. Then "shake and bake,"...gently rolling her body around inside the bag ensures she gets covered with the dust. Then let her out of the bag, she will shake herself off and go about her business. Then grab the next bird and repeat until all of them have been dusted. If lice are on the head, after the shake and bake, simply use your fingers to gently rub the dust onto her head and neck areas..avoid the eyes and nostrils. Then release her and go to the next bird. Again, wear chicken clothes/shoes, mask.
 

skjoller97

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Thank you I will do that as soon as I can do you have any idea what these bugs are?
 

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