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Old 09/03/13, 11:54 AM
 
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Help with a chicken/feather/pest problem...please!

I have a couple of chickens, I noticed they were losing their feathers and thought "molting"...but when they were up on the roost I noticed that they had a beige cocoon-like "thing" stuck to their butt feathers. I grabbed one of them and turned her over and it's a hard, crusty shell-like and it's at the end of the quill where the feather grows out of them.

About every feather on their butt and towards their stomach is covered with this hard shell-like thingy and the quill is shriveled down to nothing.

What the heck is this that's "eating" their feathers? I've never seen this in all my years, but I'm no pro.

I need help as this, I'm sure, is not normal. Never seen it before.

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Old 09/03/13, 12:01 PM
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Does it look similar to this?



If so they are lice eggs.

Read this.

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Old 09/03/13, 12:17 PM
 
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Yeppers...that's it! Read the info and now I have a plan of attack.

Thank you so very much. Guess I'm never too old to learn something new...and my chickies thank you too

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Old 09/03/13, 12:41 PM
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And this is the best plan of action. Works on internal and external pests..
http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/liv...-chickens.html

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WOW y'all...great info and on my way to town tomorrow..thanks so very much for all the references.

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Yikes does anyone know if they are they same as people lice-- or at least are they contagious to people?

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Yikes does anyone know if they are they same as people lice-- or at least are they contagious to people?
No, lice are breed specific. People get people lice, chickens get chicken lice, etc....
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Old 09/03/13, 08:23 PM
 
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BIG sigh...

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No, lice are breed specific. People get people lice, chickens get chicken lice, etc....
Of Relief, thanx....
Poor chickens though I hope they get better....
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