MITES! I'm so *sick* of mites on my banty cochin!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JennsPeeps, Feb 14, 2009.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    My banty cochin, Tribble, is constantly infested with mites. Today I picked her up and saw that the feathers of her rump were COVERED with mites. They looked like dirt on her, there were sooo many.

    My big girls don't have mites (or not many, anyway), just Tribble.

    It's disgusting. I treat her with Sevin Dust once a month or so. I'm so sick of it. She's a sweet little bird but her feathered feet and small stature have been causing a constant battle with mites. We decided not to get silkies for this reason, in case they have the same issues. Our clean-footed/tall birds haven't had nearly the issue that the feather-footed bantam has. It stinks!

    [​IMG] I'm SO sick of it!!
  2. Brokenegg

    Brokenegg Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 20, 2008
    Hi, stop Using the seven. Dip the the legs in old motor oil. They get under the leg scales and lay eggs. The mits you see will only live for a short time. you have to kill the eggs and the seven will just make your birds sick. After you dip the leggs, get some baby oil in a spray bottle and mist around the egg hole and under the wings, If you want put a little menthol in the baby oil. This will drive the mits out in the open and the other birds will pick them off for her. You need to fog your coop and Put some veggie oil, any type, and a little dish saop and warm water in a pump sprayer and mist the ground in the run. It will smoother any live one's in the dirt or grass. You may have to do it a couple of times.
    We had a the same problem and an old farmer told us to dip the whole bird in the motor oil, We just couldn't do it so we came up with this plan. It worked for us, Hope it works for you...
  3. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    use ivermectin.
  4. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Quote:That's only for scaly leg mites. I second the Ivermectin. 0.25cc for bantams on the skin, repeat in 7 days.
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Sorry to hear about your girl! When one animal suffers from pests like this and the others do not, it makes me think she might have other systemic issues going on that make her more vulnerable.

    Has she had any other problems the others have not? Does she eat enough? What is her place in the pecking order?

    And ~ do you use DE in your coop/run? This might help a bit. Do you have a vitamin/probiotic supplement available occasionally for the chickens? I wonder if this might give her a boost too.

    Good luck, and please keep us posted.
  6. buzzard chick

    buzzard chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2007
    Toms River, NJ
    I had the same problem. I used eprenex pour on (ivermectin. .2cc between th shoulder blades. They will be back if you have a wooden coup. Clean everything and seal the wood with latex paint or varnish. Remove the chickens when doing so. Good Luck.
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I'm going to try some frontline to see if that helps. I've been using Sevin off & on for a while. No DE for a while. These are feather mites, not scaly leg mites, so her body needs to be treated, though her wee little puny legs are feathered, too.

    Tribble is our banty cochin with a twisted beak. It's not terribly bad but she can't preen as much as the others. Being so short in the muddy climate of the Pacific Northwest, she's always got a muddy abdomen and wet legs. I think that's a primary contributing factor to her mite infestation.

    Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll keep you posted on her progress. We're getting chicks at the end of this month and would really like for her infestation to be 100% gone by then so that she can raise them (if she'll take them).
  8. chikkinlittlesc

    chikkinlittlesc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    South Carolina
    In the Spring, I put garlic powder in the waterers. I use about 1 teaspoon per gallon of water. This seems to really keep the bugs off of the chickens. I haven't had but a couple of birds with mites in the past couple of years. It hasn't affected the taste of the eggs because I am not using alot of garlic. But I guess just that little bit gets in their skin and the bugs don't like it.

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