feather loss and little red crawling bugs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by really4me, Oct 11, 2015.

  1. really4me

    really4me Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2015
    My Americana quit laying and then after I few weeks I noticed she has lost a lot of neck feathers. On further inspection, I found lots of areas of feathers missing. I thought of molting but then decided to give her a once over. Looking at her more closely, I saw only one little red bug( a mite ?) but that was it. I've used diatom pwd on her and my other girls once a week now for several weeks. i put it up on their roust, I changed the straw and cleaned their nesting boxes letting them dry all day in the sunshine. I don't see the little buggers anymore but she still isn't laying but maybe every 4 or 5 days. I've added the diatomaceous powder that consumable to the feed, put it in their dust bathing areas. Is there anything else that I should be doing? I'm a newby and try to have happy chickens. Colleen
  2. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 10, 2013
    yo momma
    It is molting season so she should stop laying.

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