Duck Itch/Swimmer's Itch

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Amy S, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Amy S

    Amy S Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have heard that this is caused by mites. True, or is it a different parasite?

    I plan on gathering some duckweed from a local pond nearby and am wondering if anyone knows how long mites can survive in water without a host. Also, can eggs survive in water without a host. We are building the pond now, but ducks won't go in for weeks to come. I don't want my little guys getting any parasites! Thanks!
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    It's not caused by a mite, it's caused by a trematode, which is a parasite, but not a mite. A regular worming schedule should take care of any infestations.

    You are going to have parasite infestations regardless of what you do, so get used to the idea. Birds get buggy and wormy. Scheduled maintenance will keep those problems at a manageable level, and your birds shouldn't suffer any ill effects from them. These infestations help to keep the immune system functioning properly.

    Good luck.
  3. Amy S

    Amy S Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you!

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