Tics on my chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by amber t, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. amber t

    amber t Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2012
    I got a new flock that has small flea looking bugs that cluster together like tics. The walk/crawl like tics, are a reddish brown, and are itty bitty. What are they and how do you get rid of them? Thanks.
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    They are poultry lice. Get some poultry dust or some sevin garden dust and dust every bird in that coop, making sure you especially get around their vent and under their wings.

    Clean out the coop really well and dust the floor and nestboxes under the shavings. Re-dust all the birds again in 10 days when the lice eggs hatch.
  3. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    It sounds like mites. If you go go google type in chicken mites then click on google images, it will pull up pics...take a look and see if thats what they look like?
  4. amber t

    amber t Out Of The Brooder

    May 30, 2012
    Thanks!! I was nervous about using 7, but had seen it on BYC several times. We dusted two nights in a row and will re-do on the 13th.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by