mites? and what to do about them?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by my3jsons, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. my3jsons

    my3jsons Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2010
    My rooster's combs and wattle have looked funny for a month or so. Recently he has been doing alot of head shaking. Now the comb and bottom edges of the wattles are half black and scabby looking. His feathers don't look great either especially the tail but I wondered if that was just because it's winter.


    About a week ago, I noticed some of the barred rocks had bare spots on their backs just in front of the tail but figured the roo was rough.
    Tonight, I discovered blackish matted looking feathers near the skin on the buff rocks in the same place. They are loosing feathers there too.
    All the white rocks and the Ameraucanas look fine.
    My Stories' Guide to Chickens has a pic of Northern Fowl Mites that looks just like my hens.

    So, what do I do for that?

    And is this what is wrong with my rooster?

    Here's a pic of him that I took 2 days ago.

    This was him a month ago.

    Hope you can advice me. The book doesn't say what to do.
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens
    might want to rule this out.

    For mites, here is a good thread:
    see post #4
    see post #2
    the official word

    If you want to worm them at the same time, there are topical medications that kill all external and internal parasites.

    (I can't tell if your rooster has frostbite or the above disease.) The comb will turn black with frostbite too.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2010
  3. my3jsons

    my3jsons Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2010
    I don't think it's pox. It almost looks like it's eating down into the comb rather than cyst like bumps. I have a hard time believing it's frostbite. It has been cold in Oklahoma but not that cold.
    As for the girls, I'll try sevin dust.
    Any other ideas on any of them?
  4. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    St. Louis
    I am not sure what you have. But I treated my girls for scaly leg mites. I take dogs Heartguard (I have 26-40ish lb tablets). I break one tablet in little pieces and feed it to 6-8 chickens. I have had to do it twice. They havent died yet and it works. They also love it, so it must taste good to them.

    so if you think it is mites or parasite, that may help.
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
  6. my3jsons

    my3jsons Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2010
    So what do I do if it's favus?
    And what do I do if it's frostbite?
    Is he going to infect the hens? I only need a little reason to get rid of him. If I could catch him.
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Sorry you hit the bottom of my knowledge on these subjects! I would just have to google it to answer you more.

    If no one answers you can do a search on google and on this board on these subjects! I hope all works itself out for you and your roo!

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