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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ProdigyMCluckin, Jan 26, 2014.
Peach has had this for over a year an I thought they were just dirty feathers. I was cutting them off as I noticed they were moving. None of my other 5 hens have this.
How do I get rid of them?
I would first separate this hen from the others. Clean the coop well bedding and all.
It may also be fleas. I would clean the hen well. IMO it's ok to bring her indoors and clean her with soap/water mixture. Don't mix her with the others till your certain it's gone.
Hard to tell with the photos. But the missing feathers is a sign it's something. If your in a warm climate then wash her outside. I would be using gloves while handling her.
I wouldn't wash her, just dust her with Permethrin powder and treat your roosts and nests with the same powder. Washing her will not remove mites nor kill them.
Purchase a commercial poultry parasite treatment. There are a number to choose from, such as Permectrin, Ravap or Rabon. You can find them at any farm supply store or purchase online.
I found this online
Discard old food and water. Wash all dishes in a mild mixture of vinegar and water. Rinse well, refill and place well, refill and place back into the coop.
Those look like mites. I agree with Beekissed on not bathing. I have used 5% Sevin dust successfully, and sprayed with Permethrin after completely cleaning out the coop and nest boxes. Here are 2 excellent links that have good pictures to show you what to look for :