Hen with day old chicks has mites??? Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Silkie Sue, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my Silkie hatched some chicks on Saturday and i noticed today that she was crawling with mites [​IMG] 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
     
  2. chickenlover96

    chickenlover96 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    In addition to what Elmo stated, you can use sevin dust on the chicks. Gently rub a small amount of dust on the chicks with your fingers. Be careful not to get any dust in the eyes, nostrils and mouth. You'll need to retreat everything again in 7-10 days as Elmo stated. http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
     
  5. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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