If chicks are constantly taking dust baths does that mean they have mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by My 3 Babies, Jul 30, 2013.

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  1. My 3 Babies

    My 3 Babies In the Brooder

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    My chicks are always taking dust baths when they go outside and fluff their feathers and shake themselves. Does this mean they have mites?
     

  2. kevintheroosty

    kevintheroosty Hatching

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    No, the best way to see if a chicken has mites is to check under their wings or in their feathers. I have a VERY fluffy chicken that is constantly lying in the dirt. Usually the dirt will kill any bugs in their feathers, so it may be that your chicks are getting covered with bugs.
    Hope this helps! [​IMG]
     
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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    No, it does not mean that they have mites. Chickens dust bathe to prevent and kill external parasites, but don't automatically believe that a dust-bathing chickens has parasites. My chickens dust bathe nearly every day, and they are mite-free.
     
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