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ear mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cglessner, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. cglessner

    cglessner Out Of The Brooder

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    My neighbor has a hen that falls over, walks in circles but otherwise seems fine. I read that these symptoms indicate ear mites. How do you treat ear mites?
     
  2. dawg53

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    A couple of drops of vegetable oil in the ear will smother ear mites.
     
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  3. cglessner

    cglessner Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much. Thats easy enough.
     
  4. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    X2. An extra zap of pyrethrin is good too. I've used some labeled for dogs like this:
    http://www.flemingoutdoors.com/mitex12oz.html
     
  5. cglessner

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    Thanks Michael Apple. A wealth of knowledge here to be found. Im always amazed at the speed of the responses on this site. Chicken people are good people.
     
  6. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    With more attention on my part, there are a few things that can cause that problem. Encephalomalacia which is caused by a Vitamin E deficiency can cause those symptoms. A vitamin E cap given once a day and poultry vitamin-electrolyte-probiotic powder in water for a week should clear symptoms up if no brain damage is done. I've also seen birds exhibit similar symptoms when going through a difficult moult. Birds drink less in Winter, so a good moult supplement added to feed should be used like some of these found here: http://www.jedds.com/-strse-Supplem...ditioning-cln-Feather-Moulting/Categories.bok
    I've found they work better than just adding a grower or gamebird ration.
     
  7. abundantvine

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    How do you know if it's a vitamin e deficiency compared to ear mites? My hen is showing symptoms of this. She acts like she had vertigo, but can run across the yard fine. When she stops, she starts to tip and catches herself with her wings or sits back on her haunches. She shows no signs of illness otherwise- but did lay an egg last night with no shell. She has the dizziness last fall and it went away. She may have had access to water softener salt water a few days ago. I considered salt poisoning- but she had drank a lot of clean water since with no improvement. Thanks for input- I know this is an older post!
     

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