ID this critter?

Hiccup

Hatching
6 Years
Mar 22, 2013
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Lately every time I handle my Brahmas I seem to end up with these critters on my arms and shirt, anyone know what they are? I haven't seen them from my RSL or Leghorns just the Brahmas. They are tiny the size of a needle eye or so. Black and cream.
 

Hiccup

Hatching
6 Years
Mar 22, 2013
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Ok, so if my research is correct a few weeks of DE and all should be well?
 

settingdusk

Songster
6 Years
Apr 30, 2013
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Hampton Roads, Virginia
Yes, put it in a baby powder bottle and puff it under both wings, on the vent and on the neck near the shoulders. Another treatment is to pick up ivermectin. Its a pesticide you mix 1 part to 2 parts water. Paint it in the same areas with a small paintbrush. Repeat treatment exactly 11 days later. My chickens just got chicken lice treated. Don't worry the lice are species specific and won't attack you. When you paint with ivermectin, paint the patch of skin under each wing, the circle of skin around the vent, and a few dabs on back of neck. Blow the feathers out of the way with your breath so you can paint the skin. The effects are immediate and dead lice will start falling off.
 

chickengeorgeto

Crowing
7 Years
Dec 25, 2012
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Big Bend of the Tennessee River's Right Bank.
It looks more like a wingless sausage fly or something like that than any type of chicken lice that I have ever seen. What does the hen look like? Lice are easy to find and ID. Look under the feathers and at the base of the feathers. This is were the lice lay their eggs, sometimes called nits. Also any hen with an infestation of lice will have red, irritated, and rough skin.
 

Hiccup

Hatching
6 Years
Mar 22, 2013
7
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No sign of nits, lice, eaten feathers, mites or even these critters. I only find them after holding the Brahmas though.
 

settingdusk

Songster
6 Years
Apr 30, 2013
556
22
113
Hampton Roads, Virginia
Your brahmas must be digging alot then. If its something other then lice it would be a bug eater with jaws like that. Unless, its a chewing louse. Either way, DE or Ivermectin will kill them.
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browning6

Chirping
7 Years
Dec 2, 2012
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Winton, California
chewing lice. Order malophaga in the insect kingdom. they are annoying but symbiotic with chickens. they only eat the casings of new feathers. They get very little blood from the bird so they arent really a big deal. and they cant transmit to humans.
 

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