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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:06 pm 
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I've noticed a couple of times in the deep lucerne bedding in the nesting area whilst cleaning out the girls nightly poops what looks like a flea.... I wouldn't say it jumps like one though.... the lucerne has pestene throughout it and I certainly can't see mites on the girls or any irritation with them biting bums etc... is it possible? Or is it just some small black bug liking the lucerne but not upsetting the girls?

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 Post subject: Re: Fleas on chickens?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:38 pm 
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Gee - don't know what that would be! Could it be a louse? Although if you've checked the girls, and have Pestene through the place, it should be fine. Sounds like some sort of insect that was baled up with the lucerne in the field? :hmmm: I guess if it's not irritating the girls, they'll be ok. They might even eat the bug themselves!

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with it being a bed of lucerne, it could be a lucerne flea which can be transported in lucerne hay

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It is likely that both adults and eggs are spread to new areas through the transport of hay and soil.


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http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/p ... cerne-flea

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 Post subject: Re: Fleas on chickens?
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:03 pm 
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Hmmm, not sure its a lucerne flea as the ones I have seen are black like fleas. I'll try to find one and take a pic - hopefully I'm unsuccessful and can't find anymore :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Fleas on chickens?
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oh well, it was just a thought, fleas sound like hard work, have you got dogs or were dogs kept at your place before?

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We have a dog but he has always been flea free thankfully so it isn't from him HOWEVER there is a dog next door (behind the fence directly next to their coop) so I guess he could be sharing his fleas if he has some.... will have to investigate further and find another one in the lucerne to check it out more.....

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ahhhhhhhh

fleas breed in the soil so hopefully that is not happening.

fleas themselves aer not a huge problem with poultry unless they happen to be stickfast fleas, which is doesn't sound like you have as you saw it in the hay rather than on t he birds. on birds tehy are usually immobile and stuck around their comb,under their wattles and aroudn t heir eyes.

http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/objtwr/impor ... t_flea.pdf

some images of stickfast fleas on birds.
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these were found via google, and both of them come from byp

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Eeeewww! Nasty! I'd freak out if I saw that! :cry: :| I'll look tomorrow and take a pic if I see one...

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i hope that is not the case, tehy can also be found where there are wild rabbits or wild birds

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Stickfasts are mobile as juveniles and they often hop around in the bedding or on the ground. The jump like 'real' fleas but are not as quick or mobile. I regularly get stickfast fleas on me but a good shower gets rid of them. they will also breed in deep litter. My problem is much better since I concreted the coop floors. They could well be stickies.

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Ok, so here is one i found....
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Didn't hop around at all, has little loose wings - not tight like a flea. was easy to gently kill - not like with a flea that you basically have to chop in half to kill.

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Definitely not a stickfast flea!

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 Post subject: Re: Fleas on chickens?
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.... Well I guess I'm glad it isn't a stickfast but still haven't figured out what it is....

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Little cockroachy/beetly sort of thing that's essentially harmless??


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I would have thought it looked like a bit of a protein snack if your chooks could catch it. On a similar vein I had some food get wet in that bad rain we had and even though it was only 24 hours it got maggoty. Boy did the girls go nuts when i emptied the maggoty food onto the ground! I've never seen them eat so quickly!So much for throwing out your wet food so they don't get sick. It didn't have time to get mouldy I guess but I didn't think the flies could work so fast.

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