Rescued Duck Has LOTS of Feather Mites

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DucksinOR, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. DucksinOR

    DucksinOR Out Of The Brooder

    We just rescued an abandoned Khaki Campbell hen from a lake down the road this morning, and she has really bad mites/bugs in her feathers. How do you get rid of mites on ducks?
     
  2. DucksinOR

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    Forgot to mention, we don't want to use chemicals. We are looking for natural treatments only.
     
  3. DucksinOR

    DucksinOR Out Of The Brooder

    Just did some quick research and found that the bugs are lice.
     
  4. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd try some food grade Diatomaceous Earth. You might check in with @Delisha and the crew over here, https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/729605/the-natural-chicken-keeping-thread-ots-welcome/25410
    They might have some better info for ya! I've never dealt with that. As you can see from the title, they're all about chickens, not ducks, but some things are universal to all poultry, and I have found them as a group to be very helpful and informative and willing to share and help.

    Also this thread might help you too. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/829397/ugh-mites-i-think
     
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  5. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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  6. DucksinOR

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    Thank you for the replies. Yesterday was her first day out in the backyard with the other poultry. We used wood ashes and they did wonders! I held her after one of her ash baths, and there were some lice nymphs that were just falling off! :) Thank you for your help!!!!! Here is sweet little Taffy.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  7. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

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    She looks pretty darn good..you are a good duck momma..
     
  8. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She is beautiful!!
     

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