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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2021 4:16 pm 
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This old girl, apart from no longer laying and eating her own eggs when she did, has these little critters or her head.

Can anyone tell me what they are and what to do about them?

It's our last chook, believe she picked on the others and wouldn't let them eat.... We Isolated them one at a time but another always took over so could never figure out who the guilty one was.

These were the weirdest chooks we have had, same supplier as our last lot but these were timid, eating eggs from day one, randomly dying with no obvious cause.

We're trying to make the chook owning egg supplying thing work but just can't get it thereImage


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eeewww ! so theyre obviously moving around,they look like aphids not like mites to me but im not sure, i would probably give her a spray with mite and lice spray and spray nestboxes etc.that should kill whatever they are.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2021 1:36 am 
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Solidute they are Stickfast Fleas. Treatments can be Pestene powder, or smother with oil, plus use something like topical (not oral) Cydectin from feedstore as a spot-on which is longer term effective. Stickfasts are persistent as they live in the ground - spraying whole pen with Coopex could help if the Cydectin only works for a short time. Both rabbits and rats have them, so could be brought in by either.

If you are bringing in the next group of hens to the pen, good to spray it all over beforehand, including the ground of the run, with Coopex (from Bunnings) as Stickfasts can live in the soil for quite a while. They are debilitating, could be what reduced your hens' resistance to any other problems.

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