Weird behavior, never seen or heard of this before. *UPDATE 4: Poisen Plant*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chick_In_The_Burbs, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My polish, Cher, is curving her head down so she is face planting. She won't move. I tried to 'untucked' her and she flipped over onto her back then immediately righted herself and put her face in the nestbox floor again. She never even uncurved her neck. She keeps rubbing her forehead on the floor. I didnt see her come out this morning so I have the feeling she has been doing this since this morning at least. What is this???
     
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  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nevermind. I have no idea how she got so infested with mites, but that's the issue.
     
  3. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry Good luck. I would have posted but I hadn't a clue to your situation. [​IMG]
     
  4. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, went and bought a 50 lb bag of DE. Everyone has been given a DE bath though Cher was the only one I saw mites on. Also dusted the coops and runs. Now to figure out how to get rid of the dang pigeons. I am guessing they are the source of this little problem.
     
  5. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE will not get rid of the mites. You need to use something like Sevin....
     
  6. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wild birds do bring in lots of bad things to our flocks.

    Ummmmm....BB gun? Just a thought....[​IMG]
     
  7. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone! I have ordered Sevin and poultry dust on top of using the DE right now. I am thinking of putting in a fake owl to scare off the pigeons. I just don't know if it would scare the ladies too...:/
     
  8. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have a Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart around - they carry Sevin dust....
     
  9. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Strange!!! So she was dipping her head to scrape the itchy mites off???? Are they red mites? I know with parrots we use Ivermectin to get rid of mites, and I have seen that for sale at feed stores. Good Luck! Poor girl!
     
  10. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are actually black mites. De didn't do anything, Sevin is on now but so far little effect. Another weird note; I gave her a very thorough inspection and the mites are only on her head. She tore a bunch of feathers out of the back of her neck too. :/
     

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