picked up wild baby turkey and ended up with tons of red fleas ? on me

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by wildorchid053, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Songster

    May 12, 2009
    syracuse area, ny
    were they mites? fleas? they looked like fleas but the color threw me off.. i have never seen a mite. but there were tons crawling on me on the way to the rehab lady.

  2. Annabella

    Annabella Songster

    Apr 17, 2010
    With a wild bird - I would think mites/lice if they were crawling over you.
    Hate to say it but you might have to fumigate the car and your clothes then!!
    You'll feel them for days [​IMG]
    Small price to pay for helping a feathered friend in need [​IMG]
  3. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    That would be mites. [​IMG]

    Do you have any DE? Dust the bird really well, especially under wings and vent area then dust every where else it has been. If you don't have DE, grab some SEVIN dust. You don't want this infestation to pass along to your chickens.

    Good luck!
  4. Ibicella

    Ibicella Songster

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    Mites. It's pretty typical for sick and injured birds to get tons of them, because like fleas, they are highly attracted to sick animals especially.

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