I saw a bug!?!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by shakecc, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

    96
    2
    39
    May 26, 2008
    Central OH
    I was just holding one of my chicken and up by her eye where there are no feathers there was a tiny, tiny whitish bug crawling around. Is this a mite or lice? How do I tell which it is and is sevin the only treatment? Can people catch it? Help!

    Thank you!
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2008
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    6,583
    14
    261
    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Skin parasites like mites and lice are species-specific. They can be transferred from wild birds to domestic fowl, but not to your furry pets or to you. That said, you might find some on your skin (I found mites on me after having handled a pullet who had them... bleck!), but the bugs can't survive on you.

    Dust your birds, coop, and roosts with Seven 5% dust, which you can get at any store that carries garden supplies. Do a search on BYC for "Seven dust" and see the tips that people have for usage.

    It's OK!! You and your chickens will be fine.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by