silkie question...

city silkies

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jul 22, 2011
21
0
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Sheboygan Falls WI
As a newer owner/breeder, do I need to give my silkies
any special treatment for external bugs?

I worm spring/fall, but thats it. They have day free range
on dirt yard and are cooped at night. I live in the city.

I am asking as I don't think ive had/have bugs, cannot see
any, but read a thread that some have given there other
breeds frontline.?.

Thank you in advance,
Jill
 

chicmom

Dances with Chickens
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
8,696
277
316
Strasburg Ohio
Oh no, I wouldn't give frontline. Just keep an eye on them, and treat them if you ever do find lice or mites on them. You just look at them every now and then, right down to the skin, separate those feathers and really look deep. The vent area is a good place to check, as well as under the wings......

I shake some Seven Dust around the coop each time I change out the bedding. It helps discourage any little pests.
 

M@M@2four

Songster
11 Years
Mar 12, 2008
2,581
15
203
USA
You can use Sevin dust and dust them in it or Adam's Flea and tick spray(a squirt under each wing, bas of tail, and chest)--both can be bought at walmart or other places as well
 

racuda

Songster
11 Years
Oct 1, 2008
1,962
86
186
North Carolina
For mites you can use Frontline spray, if you can find it. Some have reported temporary fertility issues after using it though. I use Ivermectin pour on for cattle. Anywhere from 1 to 4 drops directly on the skin, depending on the size of the bird.
 

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