I lost all my silkies to the gnat plague

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Vamp-A-Billy Princess, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Indiana
    I am so sad. I lost all my favorite birds and all my silkies to the stupid gnats. I really want to replace them. Hope fully I eill have some luck hatching some buit the weather and the post office are not doing good so far. I lost over 25 birds in the last week which oif course was when I had to go to court for my divorce. I am so bummed.
     
  2. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Oh, hon, that's too bad. [​IMG] There are several people on here who have lost chickens to gnats recently. What are you doing about them?
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    How did the gnats kill them?
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    I don't understand the gnat plague either. Someone else lost birds to them. [​IMG] I've never heard of it until I saw mentions of it on BYC.
     
  5. dogzrule5

    dogzrule5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What the heck is gnat plague????? [​IMG]
     
  6. Lea71

    Lea71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry to hear that. [​IMG]
     
  7. Chickenmagnet

    Chickenmagnet Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:what they said^
     
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    There are types of gnats and blood sucking insects that can literally bite so many times that blood loss leads to severe anemia and death.

    Since the floods in the midwest, these populations of biting insects are at plague levels...

    here's just one of the many news stories about them:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,271436,00.html
     
  9. Yanna

    Yanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The good thing about bad weeks is that they inevitably draw to an end.

    I'm sorry about your loss.[​IMG]
     
  10. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gnats like moisture so one must have wet surroundings for this to become a problem. Chicks eat ever gnat that they can get there beak to if everything is dry around here. They love to have the lights on and the coop door open.[​IMG]
     

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