Eeww. Bad case of mites. How to get rid of nits?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickenPotPie, May 17, 2009.

  1. ChickenPotPie

    ChickenPotPie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2009
    My children are in the process of reducing their flock so they can get show birds of only one breed. Mites were found on the birds so we dusted them (very well) so they could be sold.

    Well, someone came to picj up one of the birds today that was dusted about a 6 days ago. It still had some mite and what's worse....tiny eggs! [​IMG] I would have thought is was dried mud on the base of the feather shaft below the vent but they buyer suggested eggs. With a closer look, I could see the "dried, gray mud" was made up of little round things. Gross!

    I've only know about dusting for mites. I've never seen this before. I don't think any powder will take care of these cemented on eggs. What will? Is there some kind of medicated shampoo? Some treatment regimen?

    I really need some help. I don't know what to do. [​IMG]
  2. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    Good news is you may not have mites! Bad news is you have lice! Permrethrins same as human lice. They sell it at Tsc by the gallon around $14-$18. Put in a spray bottle and spray them downin front of vent will be the worst. I just had a round of em . Got them fron show hens from the breeder! Treat them again in 10 days and then keep dust available. You will also need to spray the coop. The permrethrins or pyrethrins will kill them instantly.
    Last edited: May 17, 2009
  3. ChickenPotPie

    ChickenPotPie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2009
    Wow, thanks. [​IMG] Lice is just as gross as mites, or worse, but I'm glad to know. It makes sense. I believe we have TSC out here. I'll go pick some spray tomorrow.

    Ya learn something new every day. Thanks, again. [​IMG]
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  5. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    yes the spray will work but you need to clean the chicken house then spray and let open for a good while
    also make sure they have ventalation at night not a draft

    I really believe it is some kind of feather mite
    give the chickens after cleaning and spraying the coop this
    2 tbsp of ACV in a gallon of water

    also some feed it to all chickens
    wet mash probiotic
    1 qt of dry crumbles
    1/4 cup of yoguart
    1-1/2 qt of milk any kind
    mix good and feed each adult chicken 3 tbsp of wet mash probiotic

    *****I also would take a look at the chicken house and see if any of the building has split boards or knot holes as the mites live there and feed on the birds

    thus you can paint the spots of the building with

    1 qt of kerosene
    1 qt of mineral oil
    with paint brush apply to the roosts and knot holes and cracks in the boards

    also clean the bedding out of the building and put seven 5% on the floor before putting the beding in

    this will build up their systems as the mites and lice have depleted their blood system a lot
  6. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    I have had the same problem. I've treated my roo x2 (initial and then 10 days later) but the egg clusters are still there. Should I pluck his feathers? The effected feathers are around his vent and below it- I'm sure it would hurt real bad tho [​IMG] but I'd sure like to get rid of those egg clusters! [​IMG]

    [​IMG] I HATE BUGS! [​IMG] (except June bugs- they are Roo's FAVORITE!) *crunch crunch*

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