Is this LICE or PECKING or something else on my chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pierham, May 4, 2017.

  1. pierham

    pierham Just Hatched

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    We got this little Welsummer girl a few days ago from a local farm, along with a few other female chicks. She is a bit smaller than the others and has been pecked a bit. When we were picking her up we noticed this on her side. Is this lice or molting or pecking or something else? What should we do to help her heal?

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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Hi [​IMG] Welcome To BYC

    It's hard to see, but are there nits at the base of the new feathers coming in? It could also be the sheath of the feather that I'm seeing. Look around her vent and under her wings to see if she has any visible mites.
    It does look like she has been plucked a bit, but at her size and age she will go through some mini molts so she will be growing new feathers to replace what was lost.

    If you feel like what you are seeing are nits at the base of the feathers, then treat her with a permethrin base poultry dust or spray. Since she is very young, a spray (liquid) may be more practical since you can use a qtip/cotton ball/eye dropper, etc., to apply if you wish.

    Something else to think about - if your chicks are in a brooder, supply them with a dub of dirt, they will love taking a dust bath.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification.html
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1151513/pesticides-approved-for-poultry
     
  3. pierham

    pierham Just Hatched

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    Thanks so much. I'm not really seeing nits.
     

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