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First hatching day! Also need help with pests!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Shanchick, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. Shanchick

    Shanchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Good day to you, from Iowa!
    Plenty cool here and today was D day for Hatch day! So I plugged in the heat lamp above my setting hen and I came home to find two new fluffballs! *revels in excitement for a second* [​IMG]

    Also though Momma has an infestation of little bugs. This is new for me, Help! I bought some topical stuff to get rid of them, but I am afraid to do anything due to new hatchlings!
    The TINY bugs are to the outside of the feathers as well as along the feather shafts. They are rusty brown colored.

    What other information can I provide for some experienced advise.
    Thank you for your time and assistance!

    Shannon
     
  2. citychickers

    citychickers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations on your little sweeties! [​IMG]

    I have no knowledge of how to answer your other infestation question....so I'll hope that someone else can answer that for you!
     
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    The tiny bugs could be mites. Can you find DE (diameteous earth) SP?. Its 100% antual and safe to use and is even digestable
     
  4. Shanchick

    Shanchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the well wishing!
    I am so excited about my new grandbabies [​IMG]
    There are two more that are pipped and a good sized hole in a third one!
    Go babies go!

    Thank you for the advise, I have been scouring online trying to find ideas and advice on external parasites, will start looking into that!
    Do you know where one finds it?
     
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Some BYC'ers sell it. I dont trust ebay sellers DE as soemtimes it could just be flour. Maybe some feed stores carry it. You can make some calls to check so you dont waste gas.
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I'm next door in Nebraska and can't find DE around here - my inlaws bring me 50 pound bags once or twice a year.

    Feed stores are your best bet for cheap de, make sure you get food grade, otherwise on line, but shipping can be costly.

    (You probably didn't need a heat lamp - if mom got them to this point she's plenty warm enough)
     
  7. Shanchick

    Shanchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I will let my fingers do the walking then! At least gas prices are going down now!
    Feed stores first, sounds like people use in their gardens also...

    Thanks for the info on the heat lamp! Food grade, check!
     
  8. Jamie821

    Jamie821 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you have a co op check there that is where I get my DE. Just make sure you tell them food grade
     
  9. nhnanna

    nhnanna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2008
    The chicken coop
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    I use 7 dust in our coop.
     
  10. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:That would probably be ok in the coop - but not to put ON the mom and babies.
     

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