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No-one is helping.... How big are lice?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChiknWyn, Jun 13, 2011.

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  1. ChiknWyn

    ChiknWyn Out Of The Brooder

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    What I have are 2 dead chickens. The second one died today. She is covered with moving white dust. Is that lice or mites??
     
  2. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never experienced them, but it does sound like what everyone describes.
     
  3. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dust them with seven dust. It kills both.
     
  4. dainerra

    dainerra Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    It's mites. Lice are pretty large and easy to spot. Mites are tiny, hard to see, usually active at night, and spend the majority of their time in the environment and not on the bird. The fact that you are seeing them means you have a major infestation. All the birds need to be treated ASAP.
     
  6. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Agree with using the Sevin dust. Also, if it's that bad of an infestation, try bathing the birds that are the most affected with anti-flea/tick shampoo for cats. I had this happen with lice and my Barred Rock. I bathed her with it and I could see all of the lice go down the drain.
     
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds horrid - that you can see it is bad. Hurry - don't lose another minute without treating....

    JJ
     
  8. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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