curing northern fowl mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sissystonned, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. sissystonned

    sissystonned In the Brooder

    Apr 26, 2012
    erbsville, on
    My Coop
    This is what i did since i live somewhere without access to ivameticin etc
    I also have a smaler flock but only had 2 birds infected. other birds didnt have a single bug.
    They were infected I beleive because they were already weaker and i had exposed them to a slightly damp coop.(its dry now)

    1. soaked bird in warm salt water and vinegar 5 mins. hold chicken up to neck.
    2. soaked and washed chicken in a tea tree shampoo. dawn soap might work too? held in this solution 5-7 mins.
    the bugs climb all the way up to their eyes to not drown. i made sure to put soapy water there but not in the eyes.
    3. rinse in clean warm water
    4. blow dry . can take 45 mins...(warm air not hot)
    I repeated this step again 48 hours later because the eggs don't all come off in the wash and tiny new bugs were hatching.

    mites make a horrible mess around the vent primarily. they can also feed near the neck, legs and wings. Where they had made a lot of scabs i put a mixture of coconut oil and a herbal oil i made. Somthing that kills germs and helps heal. i think polysporn does this? i use herbal oil because i want to draw out any infection and not trap anything bad.

    I fed the girls cooked eggs and made sure they had plenty of water as the mites making them dehydrated.

    before i put them back in the coop i filled a bag with sand and gave a thorough dusting to them.
    i have also added apple cider vinegar to th coop water. apparantly it helps prevent bugs. i also sprinkled dried lavender and DE in the coop.

    2 weeks now and not a single bug has been seen again.

  2. Sunflower

    Sunflower Songster

    Apr 10, 2007
    Berryton, KS
    Love your cure!!! Sounds like a great plan. [​IMG] I like this much better than all those crappy chemicals that can also kill a chicken and smell horrible. I want to come back as one of your chickens!

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