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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:50 am 

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I am new to the forum and new to owning geese. I have four sebastopol babies (4 months old) and I am curious if they get mites or lice like chickens do.

Also if they do what is the preferred method of removing them. I tried to check them for bugs the other day, but I was unable to find any skin, all I could see was feathers and down, feathers and down. :shock:

My chickens get mites from the birds as they are free range, so I am assuming that my geese can also get them, but I wasn't sure as they bathe so much. The particular kind of mite on my farm is resistant to ivermectin, so I use permetherin spray on my chickens.

I do not want to put anything on my geese that may cause problems so all suggestions and responses are greatly appreciated.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:22 am 
Wise Wyandotte
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Yes they can, but it is quiet rare.

As you rightly stated geese bathe a lot and the lice/mtes like a nice dry environment. Dont worry if you can not see any mites, it means ether there are so few or there are none. If you do get mites on goslings you will be able to tell by the thinning out of their down.



If you can keep chooks, geese will be a BREEZE!

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