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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 656646655, Feb 10, 2017.
HELP my chickens butt is infested with bugs and it's butt is big and swollen! WHAT DO I
Welcome to BYC. Are the bugs lice under her vent area --tiny tan bugs running around quickly? There can be lice eggs(white clumps at the base of feathers.) Or are they maggots moving around in a wound? I don't see anything in the pic except for a bare bottom. Is she alert, able to walk, and is she eating and drinking?
After looking again, I think that I see lice eggs or white clumps. Can you get some permethrin garden dust or liquid spray 5-10%? They sell it at TSC and it will kill lice on contact, then repeat in 10 days.
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I too can see what looks like lice eggs at the base of her feathers. Do not worry, lice are treatable and if you take action now, she will probably make a full recovery. I agree that some Permethrin will do the trick and also to repeat.
If you have other chickens they will probably also have lice and you will need to treat the whole flock.
Good luck and best wishes!
This link might also be helpful: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...week-lice-and-mites-prevention-and-treatments
Okay thanks for the tips. BTW my chicken is walking and eating/Drinking.
I would treat all chickens with 5% permethrin or garden dust, remove the bedding from all nest boxes and floor, and spray permethrin 10% on roosts, nest boxes, and walls/flooring. Then add clean bedding (remove the old bedding from premises.) Avoid hay and straw since it can harbor bugs inside. Repeat treatment on chickens in 7-10 days. The permethrin spray can be used unless there are freezing temps--in that case use the garden dust. Here are some links about lice that I also recommend:
Can you use diatomaceous earth instead of pyrithrum to kill lice? I don't like to use chemicals at all unless completely necessary...
Oops I thought you all were talking about pyrithrum. Is permethrin the same as pyrithrum?
Pyrithrums are natural occuring insecticides from plants, while permethrin is a manufactured product. Here is some reading: