Thursday, September 16, 2010
Bug Me Not....
Lice (no picture this time!) can also be a concern. These are usually easy to see if you part the feathers down to the skin under the wing and vent areas, but if the bird is highly infested, you can see them crawling on top of the feathers as well; there will be noticeable "group movement"! UGGGH!
These are just a few of the bugs to be treating your flock for before winter sets in. Prevention is the best medicine. I treat my hens with powder and do a wing clip this time of year. I'd rather do it while its still pleasant out, and again in the spring, than to have to treat in dead of winter. I had brought in new hens last winter and had to treat the entire flock because of something the new girls brought in because I was too trusting of the person I bought the 2 hens from and didn't ask enough of the right questions. I don't want to go through THAT again!!!
TIP: It's always best to isolate new layers for a few weeks, worming them and treating them for parasites, before introducing them to your healthy birds!
I've heard a good thing to use year round is called Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. Has anyone had any experiences using it? Here is some information I found on the web...click on the link below and scroll towards the bottom of the page. This could be a very useful product for more than just hens!
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (Fossil Shell Flour)
Taking Care of Business -
the Chicken Wrangler