Treated lice a few weeks ago, but hen is still scratching, bald spot on neck. What's going on?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by adamdport, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. adamdport

    adamdport New Egg

    Oct 4, 2015
    I saw my youngest of 4 hens scratching a lot and so I picked her up to inspect. Sure enough, she had what I identified as poultry lice. I sprayed her with some mite-and-lice bird spray, and added both DE and some Seven powder to their dusting area. I've been inspecting her weekly for the past month or so and I haven't seen any bugs since.

    But she still scratches! She's losing feathers around the base of her neck, and the skin in that area is very irritated:



    I do not have a rooster. My hens get along great and rarely peck at each other (usually only when fighting over treats). They all went through a soft molt last year (November/December), and this single hen is the only one showing these symptoms now.

    What's going on and what can I do to help her? Thanks!
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2016
  2. ChicksChick16

    ChicksChick16 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2016
    Southwest Florida
    Dust her lightly with a bit of diatomaceous earth. Do not let her breathe it. That worked wonders for us a few years ago.

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