Oh My.....lice, mites...with pics! updated

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SassyKat6181, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    Went to change the bandages with my bumblefoot hen and inspected her thoroughly.......OH LORD!!!!!! Her fluffy area around her vent is covered with tiny reddish/brown bugs and there are tons of eggs on the shafts of her feathers. These bugs are not anywhere else. I sprinkle the coop with DE once a week, but apparently this is not helping. I sprinkled her with DE tonight, but need to go to TSC and buy something ASAP. Please help!!!! I have 28 other chickens and 14 ducks, so this is going to be a major project. [​IMG]

    Last edited: Dec 19, 2011
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You will need a very fine tooth comb to remove the lice eggs. I read that coconut oil will soften them for easier removal. I recommend that you use sevin dust on your birds after removing the eggs... dust the coop, nests and roosts as well. Redust your birds and coop again in 10 days to kill nits hatched from eggs that you might have missed since the first combing and dusting. Here's a link to help you identify what type of lice you are dealing with:
  3. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    Where do I buy Sevin Dust? Is there a certain kind for poultry?
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Sevin is used in gardens to control bugs. Check the garden section. You would be looking for 5% Sevin. It could have different names depending on the manufactor. Mine is labeled Sevin-5.

    Good luck,
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    I'm sorry-I can't offer any new info than what the other experts already did but I just wanted to tell you that that ( as sad as it is) is an amazing close up photo-so crystal clear for others to see exactly what you saw! I hope your birds are healthy and back to normal soon! [​IMG]
  6. Mykee

    Mykee Chillin' With My Peeps

    My rooster had mites in June. I used house foggers in the coop (with the chickens out all day), and mite shampoo for puppies on the birds. This might be too much work to bath all those birds, though. I hope your birds are healthy soon!
  7. egghead@1265

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 24, 2011
    Icky photos but very helpful! What kind of camera do you have? Very clear photos!
    We used the dust and also the ashes from our fireplace that we burn wood in. the chickens did/do love rolling in the ashes!

    A few posts I looked at are below, perhaps you have thought of all already, but in the event you haven't or are searching for some other ideas---

    This post has some info on the lice treatments also -http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=6440814

    this one too/ talks of it


    Hope those creepy bugs go away quickly and your bumblefoot and all of your birds/animals become pest free soon:cd!
  8. LisaCammie

    LisaCammie Out Of The Brooder

    So that's what lice eggs look like... Thanks for posting, now I know what to look for.

    How often should you inspect your chickens for lice? Are there behaviors that indicate there may be a lice problem? As much as I spoil my hens, I don't handle them unless I have to, so I wouldn't know if they had lice unless I was specifically looking for them.
  9. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 17, 2009
    My Coop
    I use Ivermectin Pour On for cattle, but I am not sure it kills lice. I would use Seven-5 as the others have posted.
  10. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    I bought Livestock Dust at TSC. The Sevin says "known in the state of CA to cause cancer and reproductive problems in mice" [​IMG] Surely not something I want to sprinkle on my birds, breathe, or possibly eat. [​IMG] I did one treatment on them so far and will repeat after 10 days. It was quite fun to grab them by the feet and tell them to play dead.....they really do lay upside down and drop their wings, looking dead....lol. The day after I dusted them, I didn't see a single bug.

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