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*face mites experts - need your help! See post #19*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OCchickens, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. OCchickens

    OCchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have twin black silkies who have been sitting on a nest together for about 3 weeks (they've had eggs for 2 wk).

    In the last few days I noticed they have a scaly, crusty rash around their eyes & ear lobe. They try to scratch at it.

    The rest of my flock seems fine.

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    Last edited: Feb 6, 2010
  2. OCchickens

    OCchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hoping someone out there has seen this & knows what it is & what to do about it!![​IMG]


    Thanks!
     
  3. Farmer Benjii

    Farmer Benjii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i really dont know but, [​IMG] [​IMG] for you [​IMG] i hope your chicks dont get infected with this stuff, they wont, dont worry, im a worrier [​IMG]
     
  4. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm. I haven't seen anything like that before. But then again, I don't have any silkies. I wonder if anyone else has?
     
  5. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Could it be some type of fungus? I haven't seen anything like that before. Maybe put some antibiotic cream without pain reliever on the rash.
     
  6. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there is such a thing as mites on the face.. maybe that is it?
     
  7. OCchickens

    OCchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the tip about face mites - I took that & found this article

    http://www.cheboygancoop.com/animalscience/pets/vm02200.pdf

    which seems to describe what they have.

    Apparently it's due to a mite, Knemidocoptes mutans, and the treatment of choice is ivermectin.

    Can you get ivermectin without having to see a vet?
     
  8. OCchickens

    OCchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like ivomec eprinex pour on 1 drop on nape of neck should do the trick -- anyone know if you can get that at a feed store?
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I've never gotten it, but from reading many a post, it does sound like a common thing to get from the feed store w/o a prescription. If I am thinking about the right thing, it is often marketed for cattle/swine/sheep.
     
  10. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
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