Mite Fright!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Blisschick, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I have a broody silkie that I'm letting foster two chicks that hatched Saturday. This morning I was looking at her and noticed that she had some stuff on her back. On closer inspection, I realized that she has a severe mite infestation, and that they were on the surface of her back feathers! I want to dust her to remove the mites and prevent the chicks from getting them (if they don't have them already), but am unsure if will be dangerous for the chicks to be exposed to the dust. Does anyone know if I should do it or not?
  2. Arklady

    Arklady Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have dusted my chickens with severe infestation with sevin dust. I have never done it with chicks before. I would say you would just have to take the chicks and dust because its unhealthy for her to have those on there. It is much safer and healthier to take the chicks and raise them seperately than leaving them with the mother with the infestation.


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