Hi my broody hen ( whom I cannot keep off the nest) has developed over the last couple of days (since she went back on the nest) what appears to be some type of parasite infection that is on one wattle, cheek and around her eye. When I went to look at it this morning I thought it may have been mud as she keeps rubbing at that side of her head. On closer inspection I could not wash off the black balls with simple water and my hand and I could clearly see that her wattle (which is bearded) has lost feathers on that side of her head. I usually put cider vinegar in the all the water supplies once a week and add garlic to the mash. I'll seperate her from the others when I get home from work today and I want to start a treatment to solve her problem, but don't know where to start.
Please HELP as she is getting distressed and she's my favorite little clucker.
sounds like she might have stickfast fleas...................which can be difficult to control. if you smear them with olive oil or vegetable oil, it will get rid of the ones on her face, but not those in the environment.
Agree with jacquie stick fast I had them this year for the first time all I did to get rid of the things was to cover them with Vaseline there gone the next day the little black things dig there head into the bird and breath through there bums by putting on the gel you suffocate them hope this helps you after this you will have to get a bag of Garden lime NOT Builders Lime spread it over the floor of the run and on the perches at a 21 day interval do this for a few times and they should be gone good luck Trev
Post by cocopuffcake on Dec 19, 2011 12:29:03 GMT 8
Thanks so much for the advice.
I've been pro-active and treated all the chooks, roost and run multiple times every week. The only chook still have ongoing issues is the super broody hen and my mum is taking her back to her farm to let her free range in her orchard and continue treatment daily. The treatments made a huge difference in the chooks comfort levels as rather than scratching at their heads continously they groomed themselves all over.
I still have to keep treating them and the the environment to make sure I've broken the cycle, but overall I'm happy my chooks are happier.
Hi cocopuffcake just keep an eye on them I have read that they have a 21 day turn around they lay the eggs at night the eggs fall onto the floor hatch and make there way underground and again surface in 21 days make there way to the perch and they start all over again this is why I will have grano floors when I move into my next place the eggs just cant go anywhere and that's the end of them it took me nealry tow months to get rid of them Good luck Trev
Hi I still am tackling this on a weekly basis and treating our dogs and guinea pigs regularly, but they are persistent little blighters. There is getting to be less of them weekly, but they are getting desperate now and even jumping onto me after jumping onto our dogs. Finger crossed I eventually get rid of the pests.
In desperation I have used a cattle drench(also for worms ) on mine last year to break the cycle. Only a couple of drops .. for bantams and 1/2 mil for bigger chooks (i think).On their skin . I used Equimax it is not passed for poultry but has a nil withholding for cattle/milk. I did however give eggs to the dogs for 2 weeks . Took a few weeks to cut in others I have read have have used invernec and moxidectin . I did the dogs with Frontline at the same time . I never use chemicals if I can avoid it but last summer had to do something as I was treating with oil mix every 6 -7days and dogs started getting some . I did try Frontline in oil It worked but as it is toxic and I couldnt get details on witholding etc gave that up .
Farmer told me to use Equimax that's how he broke the cycle.
AS I say its not passed for poultry but its what i used and haven't had a major problem since . occ the odd one re appears but I get to it asap. I find pigeons sometimes fly them in along with wild birds after seed I also put DE and lime in the soil to help control pests.
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