Fleas On Chickens: Chickens are at risk of plague by pet fleas and mites. While these fleas or mites are small and might not look very risky, but a rigorous infestation can seriously damage and even kill a chicken. Symptoms of flea or mite infestation can include loss of feathers, scaly or dirty skin, and frayed or discolored feathers.
Chickens can also become lacking energy, lethargic and whitish around their heads, and might stop laying eggs. For protecting your chickens’ health, you need to recognize the symptoms of flea and mite infestation and use the proper treatment to get rid of fleas on chickens from these harmful parasites.
How to get rid of Fleas on Chickens?
01. Inspect your chickens regularly:
Northern chicken mites or feather mites live at the bottom of the feathers, especially in the region of the tail, and you might find mites even on the chickens’ eggs. Depluming mites live at the bottom of the feathers and cause the birds itching and pulling out their feathers.
The pulled feathers will often have rough skin on their quills. Flaking leg mites cause inflammation and scaly on the legs and or wattles. Fleas live at the bottom of the feathers and, unlike mites, can jump.
02. Verify birds infection
Verify if only one bird is infected, or the entire flock is. While only one bird is infected, separate it from the rest of the flock.
03. Use powder
If your chickens infested with fleas, or northern feather mites or chicken mites, use 4 percent or 5 percent malathion powder, using a rotational hand duster or puff duster. Use one pound of powder per 100 birds. Repeat this treatment up to four/eight weeks or as needed.