just found some type of flea thing on my chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chicknadventure, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. I just got a few babies (2 month olds) from a local breeder. The cages were VERY cramped and I was a little concerned about the cleanliness overall. However, I really wanted some specific chicks that she had, so I went ahead and got them.

    That was 2 days ago.

    Today, one of them flapped their wings, and I saw these tiny little bugs crawling under their wings. I wouldn't say they were "red" but maybe really light brown almost cream colored. And they are visible to the naked eye.

    What is that, and how do I get rid of it? I don't have a heat lamp, thought my initial thought was a bath....HELP!
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Check this link out - you'll find it helpful: http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html

    It's going to be lice or mites - I'd guess lice. But you'll know when you look at the pics. You can use ONE DROP of Frontline Plus (make sure it's on the skin, not feathers) or you can try Adams Flea/Tick spray. Many use Seven powder, but I've never had much luck with powders myself, and they're very messy to apply. If you spray, protect the face.
    Makes you itchy all over just seeing those things, doesn't it... [​IMG]
     
  3. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG I started scratching all over!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks-I've heard of mites but they don't sound like mites, I bet it turns out to be lice....GROSS! I run a daycare and we STILL haven't had a lice breakout [​IMG] and we are ending our 3rd year (around 100 students)
     
  4. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, it's lice. Now I am ticked because my original flock was clean :(
     
  5. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will DE work to get rid of an infestation? Or do I need to do the frontline first, and THEN do the DE?

    Also, can I use the DE on my dog?
     
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Food grade DE can be used on pets. However, I don't believe chicken lice will invade other species. Personally, I would not rely on DE to get rid of a lice infestation; others may disagree. I see it as a preventative (and do use it in my coops and in dust bathing areas)/repellent only. I would use a spray or drop. With one cat or dog dose you could treat a BUNCH of chickens, cause you only need a drop each. You will need to replace the bedding where they live, and I'd mix the DE in with the clean bedding. Wear a mask or kerchief over your face when you mix it in...
     
  7. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks so much!
     
  8. wvgal61

    wvgal61 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am def. making a quarantine pen, for when i want to get different chicks or chickens! [​IMG]
    And I think if I were you I would let the breeder know. [​IMG]
     
  9. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will def have a quarantine pen from now on. AND I am waiting for her call now [​IMG] Not really that mad, but the smiley was too cute [​IMG]
     

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