Chicken loosing feathers, lice?
I have two chickens, 2 years old, one Red Star and the other A Black Jersey Giant that have lost all their feather on the back and under the wings. They are not molting, both have have done so in Dec. I'm suspecting lice. However, I'm about paranoid as to what to use. I follow directions on using DE, food grade to de lice them all about a month ago. And I lost two good Red Star hens. I got one to the vet and he said the DE must have been inhaled into the lungs which would cause bleeding in the lungs. That one died that night as he predicted it would as there is no treatment. He suggested 5% seven dust. But I totally nervous about using it. I used the seven dust to dip some of their legs in as they have some leg scale mites but I'm just to afraid to just dust them. I have 33 hens and each one is a special pet and to think I did something to cause the death of two really pains me.... has anyone dusted the entire chicken with seven dust? Any help would be much appreciated