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lice question. (Yuck...I know)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HenSpa, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. HenSpa

    HenSpa Songster


    I just went outside to feed chickens a snack very quickly (I'm sick with a stomach bug so it was an effort & why I'm not spending more time investigating this ? hands on). I noticed some white streaks, not at the base of, but on middle to the tip of black Australorps's neck feathers; in streaks about inch long. Could be food that she flung on from past snack (although looks too precise, if that makes sense), OR could be lice.

    But all the lice pics I've seen are located at the base of feathers, and don't look this streaky. Anyone have any experience with lice to know if this sounds unlikely? Know I'm going to have to get hands-on to know for sure, but my stomach is WAY too queasy for that right now...& of course I worry about them until I can and would like to have course of action when I do.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    You'll be able to tell lice when you see it under the feathers. My guess are streaks are either food or feather coloring/bleaching due to sun/weather.
  3. HenSpa

    HenSpa Songster

    Ahh..thanks. She has been spending more time in run, in sun.
  4. HenSpa

    HenSpa Songster

    Whoops...tried to edit post name and created another if you all see a duplicate...apologies.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2008

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