Silkies shaking heads??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kbreak, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. kbreak

    kbreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have noticed my silkies shaking their heads alot and scratching. I tried to look at the skin. May see some dryness?? Could it be lice? Don't think it is mites. I cleaned the pen real good and put DE in there and in the bedding. What can I put on them? How do I put it on them? Thanks for any advice you can give me!!
     
  2. jamband

    jamband Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Head shaking can be a sign of respiratory illness as well....are they coughing?
     
  3. kbreak

    kbreak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No there are no signs of respiratory. I am thinking it may be lice. What do you use? I cleaned everything out and used DE in bedding and coop floor. Thanks !!
     
  4. jamband

    jamband Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could sprinkle them too
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Yes I have seen head shaking every 5-15 seconds with mites. I couldn't find them on the chickens, but I found them on me!

    So, here is information:

    You can buy poultry dust at the feed store- prozap permethrin. Also liquid permethrin which after dilution is good for spraying the coop. You need to throw out all bedding at the retreatment in a few days also.

    http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/pesticides.html



    http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8162.pdf
    notice this page is older and mentions carbaryl but the above link says it is restricted

    If it is indeed a bug, after treatment the shaking should be G-O-N-E. The chemical kills the bugs instantly.
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2012

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