Some Kind of Bug on Newly Hatched Chick--Doesn't Sound Like Lice?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicksgalore, May 11, 2009.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2008
    I just picked up one of the chicks that hatched yesterday under a broody. It's a black chick so I could see these easily--up around it's head I saw two specks of whitish-yellow (one on each side). I pulled one off and it was definitely a bug--it was down in like a tick--headfirst--I couldn't tell if it was into the skin or not. The other one disappeared before I could get it. It didn't sound like the description I just read of a louse. It kind of had a small head and big rounded body rather than flat and the back sort of looked like a shell.

    I checked the other chicks but didn't see any more. Any idea what this is?
  2. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2009
    Spartanburg, sc
    Could be Mites.

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