Hen with day old chicks has mites??? Question

Silkie Sue

Songster
13 Years
Jun 23, 2007
644
18
241
Sarnia, Ontario
my Silkie hatched some chicks on Saturday and i noticed today that she was crawling with mites
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her eyes were crusted shut and i felt so bad)
i put the chicks in the brooder and bathed her and rinsed her and soaked her and still the mites were there.
I got out the DRI-KIL ( which i hate) and dusted her after i dried her.
how soon can i put her back with the chicks... will the DRI-KIl hurt the chicks?
if anyone know please help
thankyou
Sue
 

chickenlover96

Chirping
8 Years
Mar 3, 2011
164
2
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put a shoebox full of sand in a corner of your coop and she will jump in it and she will dust bath and everything will be fine
 

elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
4,907
265
336
DFW
Sorry, but a simple dust bath isn't going to help a heavy mite infestation.

First of all, identify the kind of mite you're dealing with:

http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/issues/2/2-5/Laura_E_John.html

Treatment will probably include treating the coop (the nestbox she brooded her chicks in is probably crawling with mites), and retreatment in a week or so to catch the eggs that will be hatching out new mites.

Check the chicks over, too. Mites can be deadly to chicks.
 

Silkie Sue

Songster
13 Years
Jun 23, 2007
644
18
241
Sarnia, Ontario
Thanks guys.
i checked her today and i still see some but they are not moving i did not see any live ones. She is in the brooder with the chicks and i have treated it as well. i have tomorrow off so i will take care of her home in the barn and will retreat in 10 days. thanx again for the info
 

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