External Parasites on Chickens

External parasitic infections includes ticks, lice and mites which can live on the birds or in the hen house and feed off the chickens when they roost.

Symptoms of External Parasites are as follows:

  • Drop off in egg production
  • Leg scales that are enlarged and start to lift are indicative of scaly leg mite.

Prevention, management and Treatment:

  • Deter mites and lice by painting a mixture of lime and water on the perches every month.
  • Regular use of a poultry lice control or dust will help remove lice parasites which infest birds around the vent and neck.
Diatomaceous Earth and Pestene powder are great lice and mite control products. They can be found here
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