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 Post subject: hippoboscid flies
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:43 pm 
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Oh my gosh!
Just found a hippoboscid fly on one of my chickens!!
How do I get rid of these pests?!?
I researched and they feed on wild birds blood!!
I am so disgusted!!
Anyone knows what I should do?
Thanks heaps!


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 Post subject: Re: hippoboscid flies
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:42 pm 
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Hi Petchicken10

Never heard of this fly, can I ask roughly where are you located.


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 Post subject: Re: hippoboscid flies
PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:53 pm 
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Here is a picture of the fly...


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 Post subject: Re: hippoboscid flies
PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:58 am 
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There you go learn something every day, never heard or seen these flies. If you Google hippoboscid fly treatment permethrin based products are said to be effective.


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 Post subject: Re: hippoboscid flies
PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:57 am 
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I had to do some 'googling' too. Seems that although they do occur, they are not a major problem to poultry. Probably carried in by a wild bird and tend to be host specific for survival.
Treatment is the same as for any other external chook parasite. Clean out the pen and treat it and the birds with permethrin. (no need for disgust - they are just a bug)
I would tend to just do the birds and keep an eye open for re occurance before going over board with the pen. Hopefully it was a one off.

http://www.westtoowoombavetsurgery.com/ ... -birds.pml


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