Parasites!! Help me!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 21henmom, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. 21henmom

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    I have been watching this hen for a while. Today I rinsed her vent area and I found evidence of some kind of parasitic infestation! Please see the attached photo. I will probably need to treat everyone but I'm not sure what to use. Thank you!!
     

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  2. cleoandtheflock

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  3. sylviethecochin

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    Looks like lice. Permethrin spray is usually the recommended treatment.
     
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  4. Kris5902

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    I must be blind... I’m not seeing them. Are they nasty little red crawling things you can see with the naked eye? Looks like she has some encrusted poop on the base of the feathers to me? Are there any other symptoms?
     
  5. sylviethecochin

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    The stuff at the base of the feathers is lice eggs.

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  6. Kris5902

    Kris5902 Crowing

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    I hate lice! I’ve never seen such large egg clusters. What I hate the most is when they run up your arms when you’re trying to dust the chicken. Permethrin, or if you can get it, carbaryl (next to impossible to find, not approved for use in Canada anymore, I don’t know about the USA...) kills the little buggers like nobody’s business! And you’ll have to repeat the treatment (to kill the newly hatched ones) in I think it is a week?
     
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  7. 21henmom

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  8. 21henmom

    21henmom In the Brooder

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    Nevermind, I see "spray" :)
     
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  10. 21henmom

    21henmom In the Brooder

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    I know I can get permethrin here. They use it in people to treat scabies! Yuck! I will get some spray and treat her tomorrow. I feel bad because she got this bad. If I had just rinsed her bottom a few weeks ago when I was suspicious I would have seen them.
     
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