Head shaking?

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  1. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi pea people,
    Have you ever seen peas rapidly shaking their heads? So their beaks rattle a bit?

    Minny has been doing this off and on for a while, but he's blind in one eye so I just assumed he might have accidentally gotten a burr or something stuck on his head because he couldn't see where he was going. Or I thought: mites in his ear or something like that.

    This morning I see Pippy and Twig doing this as well, and I wonder if I should be worried? None of these boys have any other symptoms that I can see.

    Thanks!
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Check her for feather mites, they are hard to see but they will cause her to do this, once ya got her in hand I would put 1cc of ivermec at the base of her tail and 1cc at the base of her neck and if you find mites dust her also with some 7 dust. this is what I have had to do when I found mites on one of my young hens so I did them all.
    I noticed that peas in breeding season do not dust bath like they should and my main peacock never once dust batherd during breeding season hence I had a few break out with tiney tiney white feather mites.
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Sometimes mine shake their heads when I talk to them a certain way.

    -Kathy
     
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  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine just look at me like WHAT! they like my singing though [​IMG]
     
  5. Chicken Keith

    Chicken Keith Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's an awesome pic, zaz.
     
  6. Head shaking is mostly due to gnats, but could be lice or mites. Use a cc of pour on Ivermectin on the back of the neck and they will thank you.
     
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  7. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks you guys! [​IMG]
    I'm glad none of you suggested any serious ailments.
    I actually think gnats might be a possibility - seems like I've been seeing a lot of little flyers lately.
    I hope it's not mites because, sorry to say, there's no possible way I'm catching these free rangers to dose them with Ivermectin.
     
  8. Dany12

    Dany12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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