HELP ME PROTECT MY FLOCK

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MyBackyard, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. MyBackyard

    MyBackyard Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a small flock of seven hens and are getting this weekend 4 new bantams and I am
    worried about problems like mytes. The little ones look fine but I did notice them picking at their new feathers a little. The legs and vents look good no signs of problems. If anyone has suggestions of things I can do to take an proactive aproach.
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Picking is a normal grooming thing. They have to rearrange thier feathers from time to time..and if they are moulting...will pull the loose feathers out. IF you think there are mites...there are several options for dusting them.....

    DE...food grade.
    Poultry Dust
    7 Dust.
    Ashes from a wood stove for them to dust in( make sure there are no nails and such.)

    Congrats on your new babies coming!
     
  3. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'm thinking that the new feathers are itchy when they come in...They also pull off that waxy covering so that the feathers fluff out.
     
  4. MyBackyard

    MyBackyard Out Of The Brooder

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    maybe that is why i see like a dandruff material coming off them.
     
  5. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi mybackyard, congrats on your chickens.
    Provide a nice dust bath by way of a dirt shallow circular hole, only needs to be minimum 1 1/2 feet diameter. Place in this some old ashes or some DE powder. this will keep them healthy, happy, cool and warm!!!
     
  6. MyBackyard

    MyBackyard Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the advice [​IMG]... I just was worried I would bring home mytes or some other problem to my girls. I bought my first last march from McMurray. These are comming from a lady here in town. They are so cute.... I have full size now these are minitures....
     
  7. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ok, sorry i didnt realise you already had others, i misread your post.
    So you should quarantine the new birds.
    3 weeks is the timeframe I believe!
     
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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  9. MyBackyard

    MyBackyard Out Of The Brooder

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    I am putting them in a seperate pen about 8 ft away from the others. When we started back in March we bought a 12X24 barn with a front porch to convert into our Chicken Villa as we call it. I enclosed the left side for my ladies and now I am working on the right for the new little girls, leaving the middle open for storage. Will 8 ft distance be enough for safety?
     
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  10. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, I reckon they will be fine.
    I have to admit that I have never quarantined in 16 years but here in Australia we dont have any serious illness problems.
     

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