Miracle Christmas Chick has bugs.... fleas?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickensducks&agoose, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    My B.O. successfully hatched 1 of three eggs, taken from our fridge. She was knocked off the nest by the other hens about 5 days ago, and the eggs got really cold, when i went out in the morning, they were totally cold, but i put her back on them after shooing the other hens away, and gave her some more safety/privacy. I figured the eggs were dead, but wanted her to have a chance... anyway, christmas day, we found a tiny, TINY, little yellow fuzz ball, and brought it inside cause it was really cold, warmed it up, put it back out with it's mama, and gave them supplemental heat. then I brought it in yesterday afternoon to show the kids, and noticed that it had 2 bugs on it, that when I tried to get them, they burrowed down into the fluff. Maybe fleas? what do I do? is the chick going to be ok?
     
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Probably the safest dusting you can give a chick is food-grade DE. But I think it's important to nail those pests asap. I hope someone with chickie experience will chime in here. I suspect you need to dust the chick, change the bedding, treat the coop...guessing Sevin or Dri-Kill...and this post should bump you to the top again so you can get a definitive answer! [​IMG]
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh and after that hang these in the coop, where birds can't get at them!
    Dichlorovos

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2008
  4. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

    377
    2
    121
    Nov 12, 2008
    Texas
    LynneP is right on! Likelyhood the nest has mites. Make a new nest or clean the one you have and put new bedding in it. Dust the new bedding and mama hen lightly with 5% Sevin dust. She will shake it on the chick when she snuggles and all will be well. Make sure they have WARM bedding (straw, hay, shavings, sand).
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by