Lice or mites need advice fast please

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sierra pachie bars, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. Sierra pachie bars

    Sierra pachie bars Queen of the Lost

    Nov 8, 2008
    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 [​IMG]
  2. It's probably lice and bird-specific.
    The 'cysts' may be a waxy substance called gleet, indicating the lice are reproducing.

    Detailed discussions here:

    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.
  3. Sierra pachie bars

    Sierra pachie bars Queen of the Lost

    Nov 8, 2008
    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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