URGENT!! Bugs on my hen! How do I get rid of them?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChxLadyCass, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. ChxLadyCass

    ChxLadyCass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While examine my hens vent to see if she was laying, I noticed a TON of little brown bugs crawling in her feathers deep down near her skin. I want to get rid of these ASAP!!! Live or mites, I don't so much care what they are but want to get rid of them today! Help!! I am so desperate now
     
  2. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. ChxLadyCass

    ChxLadyCass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! Heading to the supply store now. It looks like Electir treats both according to the article. The bugs I saw were bigger than the more photos and easier to see than the lice photos. I am also worried for myself and my kid if they are lice. Are poultry lice contagious to humans?
     
  4. peopleRanimals2

    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your welcome! [​IMG] In the article, it says they aren't contagious. I'm glad you found a solution.
    If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Good luck,
    -M
     
  5. ChxLadyCass

    ChxLadyCass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All they had at the store was permethrin dust. I dusted one hen and now she is preening. Is that bad? I am going to wait to do the others (if they even have them) at night while they roost
     
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    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems like a normal reaction. You should check to see if the others have them, which they probably will (Mites spread very fast), just to know. It sounds like a good idea to dust them at night, though.
     
  7. ChxLadyCass

    ChxLadyCass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I caught most of the girls today and got them dusted. I missed a few including the rooster but got one more when I went in tonight. I am going to try again tomorrow. I'm wondering if the hens I bought at auction brought them in. None of them have bugs but maybe they are carrying eggs. I will keep this up for a few weeks!
     
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    peopleRanimals2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, makes sense if you don't really know where they came from. Well, good luck and I'm glad it wasn't anything too serious. :)
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    It can be easier to dust them, or at least catch them, after dark off the roost.
    Definitely dust every bird, especially the cock/erel as he can spread them to all the girls.
    Wait 7-10 days to reapply the dust...then wait again and look to see if there are any left to apply a 3rd time.
    No sense in over-dusting them.

    Did you see any egg clusters at the base of feather shafts?
     
  10. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Elector does treat lice and mites, but it's ~$140, and it has to be ordered. I saw that you already bought the permethrin dust, which will work, and it's something I use, but you may also want to buy an 8 ounce bottle of permethrin spray to your coop, perches and nesting boxes. It can also be used on chickens, horses, cattle, dogs, etc, but *cannot be used on cats*.

    Poultry lice live on poultry, so don't worry about getting them. [​IMG]

    Poultry mixing instructions - 5 ml (one teaspoon) Gordon's to 32 ounces (one quart) of water

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/gordons-permethrin-10-livestock-premise-spray-8-fl-oz
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