What is Infesting My Chookies?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Anianna, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Anianna

    Anianna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought they had some dirt or shavings on them, but when I saw head flicking, I knew we had a pest problem. Upon closer examination, I see that whatever is pestering my chickens is a tiny flying bug that doesn't appear to be mosquitoes or gnats and are all over them instead of just flying around them. I don't know if the critters are biting them as the birds are showing no signs of blood loss at this point, but the bugs are clearly irritating them. As far as I know, mites don't fly. Anybody know what these pesky buggies are?
     
  2. Craigerpo

    Craigerpo New Egg

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    Did you find your answer? I found the same type of thing this morning.
     
  3. BamaSilkies

    BamaSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont know what they could be but I would dust them with DE or maybe a very light mist of Adams on them.
     
  4. geoff40

    geoff40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be the classic "no-see-ums"? They are tiny, little gnats, almost too small to see, and yes they bite and suck blood. They can ruin a picnic or other outing. I doubt sevin would help, and I wouldn't use off or similar on my birds. A good dust bath with wood ashes or DE might help some (if that's the pest).
     
  5. Craigerpo

    Craigerpo New Egg

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    I will get back to y'all. I dusted them with DE last night before my first post.
    They are not no-see-um's cause...well... I can see-um. Small and gray winged I believe. If I still have them this weekend I will catch one and magnify.
     
  6. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is some kind of gnat around here. They don't bite but they swarm when the days warm up. I haven't noticed them at the chicken pens though.
     

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