Little Nero


6 Years
Sep 3, 2013

That little chicken is Nero. We got her last February, along with two other pullets. Her breed is nero, which is quite a small breed, but not as small as a bantam. She is such a character! She doesn't like being touched but loves to follow me around the garden. In May last year she got hen-pecked very very badly. She had a huge bald bum and to make matters worse, she got lice. Now, as a first time chicken keeper I was practically helpless, so onto BYC I came! I read lots of articles on how to get rid the little critters, then took a trip to the local pet store. I bought some lice powder for direct use on the bird, and spray for inside the house. Whilst I was there I bought anti-peck spray which for the record, was foul smelling.

So after sticking to a weekly routine for about two months, these lice are proving to be impossible to get rid of. But the pecking had stopped, now we just had to wait for the new feathers to grow in.

So in July, things got bad, real bad. One morning I went down with spaghetti ( a chicken favourite ) and Nero didn't eat. She just sat. So i immediately knew something was wrong. That night she was silent and her wattles were iced cold. Not good. I was worried she wouldn't make the night. She did, but had deteriorated significantly. She would sit hunched up In the corner eyes shut, I felt her crop it was hard, I feared an impacted crop. I read a cure would be to feed the poor girl maggots as they would eat the gunk in the crop. So off to the fishing store I went. I bought a big box of maggots but I read you can only feed chickens the white/cream coloured ones as the coloured ones were poisonous. So I was hand feeding her maggots making sure she got maybe 5 an hour.

We'll she clearly liked the maggots and started clucking REALLY loud at the house. I thought this was a good sign and therefore kept up the routine.

Two days later I had a semi-healthy hen who loved maggots
. That day I was cleaning out the coop when she got a fright of a box of wood shavings and she flew up int the air, but then a yolk fell out her bum. She turned around and started eating it. I was afraid she had a broken egg inside her. Thankfully this lead to nothing serious and she made best friends with a newly introduced pullet, Daisy. Everyone bullies her, but not Nero.

But one day later she was fine but still noisy with all her clucking.

Now she is still fighting lice but has lots of feathers.

Thanks for reading about Nero


13 Years
Oct 31, 2008
West Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
Little Nero has been through a lot. Those are some pesky lice. I guess they are resistant to what ever you tried. I don't know if they sell medications with Ivermectin in Scotland, but that may work. Here in the US they sell it in farm stores for livestock, and the active ingredient in parasite medication for cats and dogs. I used the treatment from the farm store and dosed by weight. That would be a very very small amount for wee Nero.


The Chicken Whisperer
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
May 11, 2010
Wow! Nero has had quite the life! Good luck with your lice problem. Remember to treat the coop and surrounding areas may help with the problem.

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