‘Mallophaga’. Lice are light sensitive and scurry away when the feathers are parted. Young lice are pin head size and white, while adult lice are usually a brown colour.
Areas to look for lice are under the wing, around the parsons nose and around the feathers below the cloaca. Lice are transmitted between birds by direct contact. There is no part of the life cycle away from the birds. Eggs hatch within a few days, and the eggs are usually visible in chronic infections as fans of eggs, particularly under the wing.
are also known as red, grey, and roost mites. They can live in the human home. They can also lead to anaemia, causing pale wattle and combs. Sometimes chickens will refuse to lay in nesting boxes infested with mites. They easily kill young chickens and broody hens. As they are nocturnal, you will not find them on your chickens during the day. Instead, during daylight hours, they hide in the nooks and crannies of your coop. Once laid, they grow to adulthood by day 10. They can live in a vacant chicken coop for up to 5 months. They use poultry as a mobile cafeteria and suck blood during the nights, so they are not usually visible during the day time. These poultry mites are pin sized.
It’s hot 43 and climbing. Make sure your chooks have cold water in this weather – they cool themselves by drinking cold and expelling it out in their manure. If their drinking water is hot, they will not drink it. Not drinking can result in the loss of your chickens.
Wet the earth and soil in their pen so they can get down in the wet earth and dust. Also make sure they have cool water where they are as we have lost hens who have not gone back 5 metres to their pen and the water.
It is okay to run the sprinkler on and off during the day to cool the chickens (adhering to water restrictions). It’s okay to wet chickens and if needed dunk them into a bucket of cool water to cool them off.
We freeze cups of ice to put in their waterers. We find even the little chicks in this heat want cold water and have found them sitting in their waterer or using the cold waterer on legs to pop under.
Once every three months we recommend that you worm your chickens. We have made available Levamisole Poultry Wormer in the handy size of 2.5 grams for $6 (including postage).
The night before you want to worm your chickens, you need to take away all of their water sources about an hour before sunset so the next morning they wake up thirsty.
The following morning you mix the 2.5g of levamisole into 4 L water. You then need to give this to your chickens to drink as their only water for the next 6 hours. This is more than enough for 20 chickens. After 6 hours or after they have consumed all of the mixture, you then need to clean out the water container and give them fresh water. They do not need to consumer all of the mixture.
We do not recommend worming on a day where the temperature is excessive or raining.
The great thing about Levamisole is that it has no egg withholding period and is made for poultry. If you use other products check to see if they are approved for chickens or if there is an egg withholding period for the product.
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Trust me, the hens can share. You don’t need a box for each chicken. And even if you did, you would find that they would probably all use the same box anyway, We find that one nesting box for every six hens works great. These Australorps are proving that in a single nesting box you can fit three hens at once!
We are all stocked and ready to go for spring. Let us know if you would like to come by for supplies. We accept cash, credit card or EFT. Remember to dust and worm your chickens once a quarter to keep them in prime condition. Contact us for our latest price list.