Mites infested my broody hens nest!! and my chickens are itchy.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Msbear, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    Well, first let me tell you I've had a heck of a time with these eggs. My hen suddenly went broody so I grabbed a couple from the fridge, an egg I found under the coop and there was 1 "bait" egg that's been in there for a month or so to keep her coming back. (only have 1 hen laying right now -or was laying:)

    On day 14 I candled and three were developing nicely though one egg had a hole. It was a developing egg, but not enough to hatch. the next day I peeked in her nest while the mrs. was out and noticed tiny bugs scurrying in and out of the egg. I peeked in and noticed there was no movement and assumed the chick was dead so I peeked in and... I'm sorry I did that. I'll have nightmares for a week:(

    Then today, another egg was broken, but it was the undeveloped (i believe the bait) egg so I tossed it. I still noticed the bugs and now my chickens are itchy. They are super tiny, like a pen point and they move really fast.

    Can I treat the hen and the next without affecting my eggs which should hatch in 4 days??
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I think you could use DE without hurting the eggs/chicks.

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