Rooster Loosing Tail Feathers. Mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DavidKerk, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. DavidKerk

    DavidKerk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 15 or so month old Silver Laced Wyandotte rooster is loosing its tail feathers and a few feathers on its chest. I looked him over good in both of the spots. His tail had tiny black specs, but they weren't moving and they didn't appear to have legs. There weren't a ton of these specs, but there were a few. When I looked on his chest, there weren't any of these specs. Any ideas as to why he's loosing his feathers? Thanks!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sounds like he is starting his first big molt, but those black spots may be mites. I have heard many people say they use Poultry Dust which I think is permethrin to kill mites. You do have to treat everyone, and clean out all the bedding and nest boxes, spray the coop down, and repeat the dusting in 10 days. Mites are a pain to get rid of permanently.
     

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