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 Post subject: Black on Comb.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:02 pm 
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Hi everyone, not sure if i have posted this in the right spot or not but here i go!
I haven't had my chookies for long and this has ne at a loss. I will try and upload a photo but 1 of my chickens have black spots/things on her comb. They weren't there yesterday! Any suggestions or help would really be appreciated. Thanks in advance :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Black on Comb.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:31 pm 
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They look like Stickfast Fleas to me. A nasty little pest that latch on and wont let go. The best treatments are Ivomectin or one of the other mectins plus poultry dust or cooking oil on the actual fleas (the cooking oil suffocates them). They breed in the soil (they need soil at least 8cm deep from memory) and are usually picked up from rats, but sometimes wild birds. Once you have them established in your soil it is very hard to eradicate them totally, but you can control them if you keep on top of them. The first and most important thing to do (appart from treating thee chooks) is reduce your rodent population. There are some good threads on Stickies - I will look for some links for you. I will also move this post to Good Sammy (health).

Here are some links
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=8040166&p=826760&hilit=stickfast+fleas#p826760
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=8039669&p=823683&hilit=stickfast+fleas#p823683

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 Post subject: Re: Black on Comb.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:50 pm 
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Thank you so much!! Ill check them all out!


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 Post subject: Re: Black on Comb.
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If there are just a small number, spray their combs with an Avian Bird and mite spray - but look carefully they sometimes cluster around the eyes. My cats get rabbit fleas (same thing) on their ears and they get the bird spray - works instantly.


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 Post subject: Re: Black on Comb.
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:52 am 
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Hi guys - just saw this thread and have a hen at my so s school who has been unwell and has these black things on her comb! Could this be what is making her unwell? I wrote another thread about it in the husbandry section a few days ago.

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 Post subject: Re: Black on Comb.
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Dab a couple with a bit of insect spray on a cotton bud - if they are stick fasts they will instantly react


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