Feather mites on chicks

dabx2_95959March 31, 2009

Our chicks, ranging in age from 2 (or so) to 11 weeks old have feather mites. The vet suggested dusting, but we are also fighting (with antibiotics) some sort of respiratory disease and I'd rather not dust them. The feed store suggested a liquid treatment, but as I read the instructions the ratios are 8 ounces of this chemical to 25 Gallons of water. Yikes! That's .0025 chemical to one ounce of water! Does anyone have other treatment methods -- maybe some that are homeopathic?

Thank you.

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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

Homeopathic remedies are great for preventative measures, but you have an outbreak that you need to solve quickly and decisively. That means either dusting or spraying. Mites can so weaken birds that they can easily die, so act NOW.

I've got instructions on the various methods on my chicken info site, here, along with a discussion on using DE (Diatomaceous Earth) as a preventative for times when you DON'T have an outbreak as a way of keeping outbreaks at bay:

http://jackshenhouse.com/VSChickHealth.htm

Click and then scroll down to 'Worming and Dusting/Spraying'. I've found that I prefer the Adams spray to other methods, it's neater, more easily and precisely applied, and when you use the Adams with IGR, lasts for three months! Good luck with your birds!

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   March 31, 2009 at 12:32PM
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