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Chicken Mites

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by tortoise, May 5, 2017.

  1. May 6, 2017
    tortoise

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    I'm sorry you had that experience. :( When I was grooming at the vet clinic, I bathed a few cats that accidentally got the dog's flea treatment. I always felt bad for the owners, they felt terrible over the mix-up.
     
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  2. May 13, 2017
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    I second the sulfar. Sulfar is a great mineral! It cures just about anything. I have used it for mange, ear mites, and once when a chicken was molting and i thought it was sick. :D

    If i thought they had worms i might give sulfar a shot for that too.... but in small doses
     
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  3. Jun 26, 2017
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    DH took the roosters out and caged them (thank god! I hate that mean rooster!). He caught a hen and looked her over. Feathers are broken and he didn't notice mites. I'm hoping they're naked-backed from overbreeding. Maybe the DE is working? I will have to try to catch and inspect. *I* have gotten chicken mites on me when in the barn, so I know they're out there. I doubt we can get rid of the mites completely, but I don't want so many that the chickens are miserable.
     
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  4. Jun 26, 2017
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    Sulfur powder is good for mites if the DE isn't working. You need you a chicken sling so that looking your birds over is a breeze! ;)

    One of ladies on TEG finally made one out of a cloth grocery bag or some such she had and hung it up, said it revolutionized her chicken life.

    Her post:

    I love mine! :D

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  5. Jun 26, 2017
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    Haha, does that sling CATCH them for me? :lol: I'm gonna worry about THAT first! :gig
     
  6. Jun 26, 2017
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    That's easy! Just lift them off the roost at night. Of course, if you have a big barn with chickens roosting everywhere, that becomes a tad more difficult. :D

    I have a light in my coop and a work surface, so I just slip them in the sling, work them over, slip them out and back on the roosts. They are so calm with this sling they don't even know what I did before they are back with their chums.
     
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  7. Jun 26, 2017
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    Ooo, never thought of that! They're in a pen and the older hens roost. Not enough space for the juveniles to roost. One of the things I can tend to now that the roosters are out!


    THANK YOU!
     
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  8. Jun 26, 2017
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    Yes. Picking them off the roost is easiest, but a soft trout net works well for catching them
     
  9. Jun 27, 2017
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    I caught a chicken today! In daylight. She is a bit lame and badly pecked. I put her in a cage, we'll see if she survives. BUT I CAUGHT A CHICKEN!

    I also caught a wild songbird today. It was on my deck and not flying right. I picked it up and put it in a tree. It wasn't in the area later.
     
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  10. Jun 27, 2017
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    Yay! Lol! My husband has a leg grabber on a long pole. He catches chickens and turkeys. I can't catch any of them. If they need to be caught, they wait til he gets home. (they rarely need to be caught, thank goodness)
     

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