could this be mites,lice?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jmc, Jun 26, 2010.

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  1. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
  2. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Loss of feathers is generally because of molting- but yours are too young. Lice are very small and hard to see but I guess when you do see them- you know for sure they are little bugs. Ducks do not get them as often as chickens when they have adequate water the swim in - but they do still get them. The constant bathing acts as a deterrent and gives the ducks a way of managing them without chemicals. On the other hand I know my white ducks can have the appearance of little bugs on them after a few muddy days. If you are unsure it is better to treat them - and include a regular treatment in their management plan. Due to alot of wild birds in my yard every 2- 3 months I will treat my birds- and the night pens where they sleep.
  3. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    Please do not cross post.

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