Mother hen with mites, abandoning hatching chick

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Feathyr, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Feathyr

    Feathyr Songster

    Aug 21, 2014
    My Silkie hen, who hatched two chicks two days ago, has a bad mite infestation that is causing her to abandon the final hatching chick, so it is having difficulty hatching.
    (She is currently locked into a nesting box so that she is forced to sit on it.)
    I've sprayed Manna Pro's poultry protector on her, but I don't always have success with it so I'm wondering what others do when their brooding/momma hens are infested with mites. Any help is appreciated, thank you in advance.
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You need to use a product that actually kills lice and mites. Adams flea and tick spray or a similar permethrin/pyrethrin product will work, as will Sevin 5% garden dust. Many feed stores also carry a poultry dust with ingredients like this.

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