Help! Little yellow rice like things crawling all over my hens!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Whitewinterwolf, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    I have no idea what they are! There are a ton of them and they are everywhere!
    I have been sop careful about my birds, keeping them clean, and well dusted, so i cant understand where they came from!
    How do i get rid of them without hurting my birds???
    Should I post pictures? There so small I dont know if they will be clear enough to see, please help me T_T

  2. Pickles03

    Pickles03 Chirping

    Dec 9, 2010
    Niagara Falls, ON
    sounds like maggots...where are they?
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sounds like feather mites. You'll want to dust with a poultry dust that kills pests.
  4. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    Sounds like lice. Are you dusting them with DE, or actual poultry dust or Sevin dust? DE is about worthless, contrary to what you read here. Poultry Dust, like ProZap should work. Or Seviin dust from home improvement stores.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member


    An actual pesticide like mentioned above is what I mean by dust with something that kills pests. I've used Sevin dust in the past with success when I ended up bringing it to my flock with a pair of chicks out from under someone else's broody.
  6. Quote:I agree with the lice they will look like rice. I think mites are much smaller like very fine pepper in either red or black with the eggs being off white attached to the feathers.
    Sevin dust should do the trick but use the less concentrated version. I think 5% but not sure.
  7. so lucky

    so lucky Songster

    Jan 31, 2011
    SE Missouri
    Yes, 5% Sevin dust, good for chickens pests.

  8. tnchickenut

    tnchickenut It's all about the Dels!

    Jan 24, 2010
    Englewood, TN
    Ivermectin (Ivomec) POUR ON on their back... 6 drops for large standards (Orps, Sussex), 5 drops for most LF (BR, RIR, ect ect), 4 for light weight LF (Leghorns and most white layers), and 2-3 drops for bantams. Kills mites, lice, worms... internal and external parasites.
  9. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:Magots! Oh dont say that, there crawling all over my hens backside, and there are little clumps of white egg like things attached tot he bottom of there feathers.
  10. Whitewinterwolf

    Whitewinterwolf Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:Its just a regular bird dusting that you get at the pet store, wont seven just end up hurting them? What if they peck at it?

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