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Mites/Lice How do I know?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KingR0o5t3r, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. KingR0o5t3r

    KingR0o5t3r Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I regularly look under my birds feathers in various spots on their bodies for these external paasites but i know they are tiny so how do i know its bugs and not dead skin cells( which are almost always on all poultry). I spotted some little whit stuff up a few centimeters on a feather on one of the girls today and im not sure about it...
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    At three weeks old they get some dandruff. How old are yours?

    http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
    this link has pics

    Please note sevin dust is no longer labeled for poultry (though it worked very well)- permethrin dust is sold in feed stores now as poultry dust.
     
  3. KingR0o5t3r

    KingR0o5t3r Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are a little more than 4 months. I Bought some DE (diatomaceous earth) today for this sort of thing, so i think that'll do the job if it is mites or lice
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Well they do have mini molts as they grow which can cause some dandruff. Mostly the way I tell if my chickens have bugs is I feel itchy and get bitten myself by the mites. I haven't dealt with lice. DE is a preventative. If you actually see bugs I'd recommend chemicals. Sounds like it could just be dandruff.

    DE would be a good option at this point. Also woodstove ashes, if you have any.
     
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  5. KingR0o5t3r

    KingR0o5t3r Chillin' With My Peeps

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    alright :) thanks for the help
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    DE did not work for me.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Mites bite, lice do not.
     
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  9. KingR0o5t3r

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    okay thankyou, i dont think its parasites...
     

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