HELP!! Little black flies on my rooster's head???

lifthiminsong

Songster
7 Years
Aug 9, 2012
81
8
101
Yesterday I noticed my rooster shaking his head, trying to scratch it. While I couldn't see anything, it was obvious there was something there, pestering him.
He's not fond of being messed with, so I am rarely able to get close enough to touch or examine him without a fight...something I avoid if possible.
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However, this morning I was able to be close enough to him to definitely see little black flies (2-3x the size of gnats) swarming his head, landing around his ears and comb, and apparently attempting to "burrow" into crevices.
Anyone know what they are, and how to rid him of these little pests?
They do not seem to be attracted to my 11 hens....thank God!
 

lifthiminsong

Songster
7 Years
Aug 9, 2012
81
8
101
Thank you, but these little pests definitely have wings, and everything I've read tells me that mites and lice do not.

I have had to treat the flock for lice this past month.
 

tellynpeep

Songster
11 Years
Oct 4, 2008
976
37
184
SW New Hampshire
lifthiminsong: Where do you live? Here in NH the black flies are already out, but they are swarming all over, and you would be aware of them long before seeing them on the bird. Can you get a picture?
 

lifthiminsong

Songster
7 Years
Aug 9, 2012
81
8
101
I Recently Learned that Lavender May Help.
I'll Mix It With Water And Spray The Area.

I Have Mixed Other Essential Oils (Citronella, Peppermint, Lemongrass) With Water And Sprayed The BIrds, And It Did SeEm To Help Some.
 

lifthiminsong

Songster
7 Years
Aug 9, 2012
81
8
101
lifthiminsong:  Where do you live?  Here in NH the black flies are already out, but they are swarming all over, and you would be aware of them long before seeing them on the bird.  Can you get a picture?

I Live In Little Rock, And They Are Buffalo Gnats. Pesky Little Pains!
 

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