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Molt or Mites??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by urban escapee, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. urban escapee

    urban escapee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two birds (same breed and color) that look like this. Other than having this issue with their feathers, they seem to be healthy, good appetite, and energetic. I dont have any roosters in my flock at this time so I cant attribute it to rough play. I am hoping this is a molt and not mites, although there does seem to be alot of "dirt" on the feathers. My 9 other ladies dont have this issue.

    I will do whatever I have to do my keep my ladies happy and healthy.


    Back, just in front of the tail feathers
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    Right side under the wing
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    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011
  2. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    Definitely looks like feather mites to me...

    Goddess [​IMG]
     
  3. urban escapee

    urban escapee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much, I plan on picking up some more DE in the morning, should I be bathing them in anything else? and how long, if at all, should I delay eating any eggs from my ladies?
     
  4. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When my birds dust bathe, they get dirt all up under their feathers, so according to the pictures, I can't tell if the specks are dirt or what.
    Look around the vent & under the wings. See any bugs? If you do, pick up some Sevin Dust. We picked some up at lowes. It's generally
    used for dusting plants to keep bugs away, but many people, including myself dust birds with mites. Get it all up under the wings around
    the vent, under feathers - dust the entire bird. And the coop aswell. It does not kill eggs, so repeat this process 10 days after the first dusting.

    Mites are not fun, I am wishing you the best of luck for you and your birds.
     
  5. urban escapee

    urban escapee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the most part, it looked like dirt to me and not bugs, but my husband thinks its the "leavings" from bugs. I am off to the store to get my cleaning supplies...I am so glad the weather is cooperating this week.
     

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