What do mites look like?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pattgal, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. pattgal

    pattgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2010
    New Brunswick, Canada
    This is kinda like a trick question
    I know what mites look like, the thing is I can't tell whether my hens have it or not. Most of my hens are white but its rain season here and they are full of mud from my rooster servicing them [​IMG]

    So what would the behavior of a mite infested hen look like (besides all the documented signs)? I do not see any bugs on them. Like I said before I can't tell because of the mud if there are eggs. I don't know what rough feathers look like. I only get 4 eggs a day from a flock of 11, one hen is regular most of the time
    they itch, pick at themselves, shake their heads, and stop in their tracks to scratch like a dog would. but there are no visible eggs (as far as I can tell)
    Please help me
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They may be doing all this as part of normal grooming plus the mud. If you can't see anything at night with a light, I wouldn't worry about it. Or if you are still worried, a few bucks for a can of poultry dust might be worth the peace of mind.

    I don't know one from the other (lice/mites) but you might see tiny white spots, tiny black spots, tiny things moving on the feathers.

    I can't see well enough any more to be sure, so guess what I'd do....
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Buy a decent magnifying glass and inspect your chickens with it. If you see tiny specks moving in the mud or dirt on your chickens, you'll have your answer.

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