Small white balls at base of bum feathers?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by plexiglass, May 29, 2017.

  1. plexiglass

    plexiglass In the Brooder

    May 14, 2016
    North Carolina
    I treated both hens affected for vent gleet and while I was doing that I saw small white balls at the base of feathers on their bums. Any idea what that is?
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    White clumps at the base of feathers is probably lice eggs. You should be able to also spot the fast moving tiny tan bugs when parting the feathers. Permethrin 5-10% spray or the garden dust is safe for treatment of lice. Treat once, then change out bedding and treat the coop, nests, roosts, and in 10 days retreat the chickens to get the hatched eggs. Check them again after another 10 days to make aure there are no eggs or lice seen.
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