Lice or mites need advice fast please

Sierra pachie bars

Queen of the Lost
11 Years
Nov 8, 2008
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I have a BR that has been acting depressed and not eatting. So I checked her today and noticed white like cysts around her butt. I then checked one of my RIR ahd she had bugs on her.
I've not had any problems with mites or lice in past so what can I do that is best for 15 birds ?
My girls are pretty much free range so I figure this comes from wild birds so more likely a common problem. Also Do I need to worry about the lice spreading to my kids or is it Bird specific ?


Thanks
 

LynneP

Songster
11 Years
Mar 21, 2008
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Centre Rawdon, Nova Scotia, Canada
It's probably lice and bird-specific.
The 'cysts' may be a waxy substance called gleet, indicating the lice are reproducing.

Detailed discussions here:

https://www.backyardchickens.com/se...e=ISO-8859-1&q=Miss+Prissy+Sevin+de&sa=Search

Miss Prissy has often recommended old sock from pantyhose with a mix of Sevin and food-grade diatomaceous earth (DE) in it to powder-puff under the wings and along the vent and petticoats. Dri- Kill can also be used instead of Sevin.
 

Sierra pachie bars

Queen of the Lost
11 Years
Nov 8, 2008
1,123
2
171
Thank you. I just got done powdering my girls. I also bought them some play sand. I tried to find DE but only stuff I could find was for pools and I knew that wasn't human grade so I am still looking.
I think this could be why my egg production has been lower then it should be. A few didn't have any lice but I still got their vent and behind each wing. I also cleaned hen house and changed the bedding.
 

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