small insects the color of wood chips on my chicks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rosemerry, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. rosemerry

    rosemerry Out Of The Brooder

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    Just got done cleaning the chick box and saw these pale pink-tan colored insects scuttling around on her feathers.
    We have them indoors now in a box with softwood bedding.
    I've withheld sprinkling diatomaceous earth in there, mostly because it's a temporary situation.

    Because I'm new, I can't post a link to the picture of their living quarters on the chicken cam we have.

    Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    they got lice, the bug looks like ( ! ) right, you need to dust them, DE will not work its more a preventive then a cure
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Welcome to BYC

    Here's some info about lice & mites. Need to treat. They can get serious.

    http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html

    Good luck

    Imp

    BTW- Chicken lice are not a threat to humans or other pets, other birds maybe.
    Just kinda gross
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2011
  4. jason_boivin

    jason_boivin Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:This is the kind of info that needs to be put out to the world to understand chickens.
     
  5. msdoolittle

    msdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, sounds like lice. I personally use the pour-on Ivermectin (dosage can be found on this forum by searching), and I have been very pleased with it. :0)
     
  6. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. rosemerry

    rosemerry Out Of The Brooder

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    Since I'm new it took me a while to reply to this: thanks for the tips. We've used DE and the problem seems to have subsided.

    I just posted another problem.... two of the birds now seem to have a strange pustule between their eyelid and the cornea. One of them developed it today.
    It resembles a pimple (that it has a whitish head). I also posted a separate question about it. I'm concerned it's caused by irritation from the DE dust in the air.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Do you have photos? Or a link to the other "question"? My best guess is that it is still the lice (possibly compounded by mites (they often seem to hit at the same time [​IMG] )

    DE does NOT cure a parasite infestation.
     
  9. rosemerry

    rosemerry Out Of The Brooder

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    I do have a photo now: how do I attach it?
     
  10. rosemerry

    rosemerry Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay here are some pics.

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