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Very tiny white bugs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jeffross1968, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Jeffross1968

    Jeffross1968 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2011
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    I have only a couple chickens, out of 20 adults, who seem to have some very tiny white bugs on their faces. Maybe other places, but only noticed on the face. They seem to dart in and out of the feathers on the face, around the eye. None of the others show any signs. We have DE in coop and sprinkled on the roosts.

    What am I likely dealing with here, and how can I rid them from my flock?
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Lice. Here's a link to help you identify what type of lice it is and a link how to treat them:
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig140
    http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
     
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  3. ladrholman

    ladrholman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well this is convenient... just checking my roo who has become very weak and lost strength in his legs... well he is covered in lice ... I assume.. I know the larger ones are for sure.... have had a few on me while handleing him.. but tonight I noted teeny tiny white bugs crawling on his face, waddles and ears.... I assume on more of his body... but can only see as contrast to the red.... looked further and found the black dots of lice excrement.... could this weakness be from something as small as these.... I assume since he had always slept in a box he may have had more contact.... I know I need to do a thorough clean of the coop... had to wait till spring to arrive... my other girls tend to bath in the ash boxes that we provide... but Rocky never did... sorry for bumping on ... but thanks for asking the question....
     
  4. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Indeed, they can be the cause of his weakness AND WILL KILL him if not promptly treated.
     
  5. ladrholman

    ladrholman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i treated him today with a good dusting....
     
  6. dawg53

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    Dont forget to redust him again in 10 days to kill nits hatched from eggs...the same with his box he slept in.
     
  7. ladrholman

    ladrholman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope I have that chance... feel so bad for the fello..... will certainly clean their coop too. Thanks Dawg.
     

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