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  1. Hi there, we ended up treating all of them with Ivermectin 1%. 2 drops on the back of the neck (making sure it goes directly onto the skin and not the feathers) One of our Pekins was covered in them, but as soon as she spent the night with the other girls, we were advised to treat them all! I shall resume my scratching and wish you luck!
  2. ANH, so sorry to hear your sad news. I have a trip tomorrow to EDI (Im in Herts) and will be thinking of you and your family. Troy
  3. Thanks for that info. I have bought a cream that looks like its an oil based cream with Sulphur in it and its sold as a cream for scaly leg (johnsons) I have been using this every 2 or 3 days, but nothing seems to be helping the Millefleur. Maybe it has something to do with the sulphur strength, who knows. What you bought might be more concentrated? I'll have a look on ebay, so thanks again.
  4. And what were green shield stamps all about? Sorry yellow jedi!
  5. OMG yes, hated the stuff. The cream use to sit on the top and it was always warm. Yuk. Not keen on milk if you havent guessed. Back to flies....we dont really get them, honestly!
  6. Does anyone else remember Red top,Blue top and Gold top??? Milk that is, or am I showing my age?
  7. Hi there Leeloo, Never thought Id say this, but Id rather lice than these nasty mites!! At least you can see them AND any suspisions would fly out the window if youve come back inside and your itching up and down your arms! Then your certain its lice and one fell swoop with Ivermectin (not licensed for poultry use) usually does the trick . with...but these mites are doing my head in! Yep, doing everything I can ANH and still feel like its not enough. We are sooo clean and still !?
  8. Sorry to hear your sad news too ANH. Always a little sad for us. I wanted to add an update on our progress here with these mites as its been a learning curve for us here and a bit of a battle. However, if it makes it easier for anyone else out there with this problem, maybe this will be helpful. The bathing went well as you know, but it didnt appear to be enough. We saw some girls improving whilst others were evidently battling still with this mite. Two of the girls last week were still looking pale, with featherless necks and throats and all were losing condition. So, last Tuesday we resorted to Frontline for cats (Pippettes) and gave 2 drops on the back of the neck to each girl. Frontline is not licensed for poultry, but our vet stated that Fipronil is successful in killing the DM and remains active for up to 30 days. Th 2 girls suffering the most with this were neck and throat bare. My precious Molly (love her to bits) has always had the most beautiful pooffy fluff of feather covering, so much so that she glides everywhere rather than waddles like the rest of the Peeks and it was so upsetting to see her in this state. Anyway, we are finally seeing new feathers coming through on her throat less than a week after treatment, though flora has yet to convince us shes improving too. No new shafts on her as yet, though she was the worst affected. ANH, I dont know if this mite can cause a bird so much loss of condition that she can potentially suffer from a secondary ailment, causing her other problems? I know my little chubby bums are not so chubby at the moment and Flora does look ever so pale.... They are eating and having lots of extras to get them through this, but I do feel its knocked them back healthwise. Treatment seems to be working, but Flora will convince me 100% when I see my little Mille fleur in better health again... Troy
  9. Sorry, forgot to add that I also bought a small tub of Johnsons poultry scaly cream. Its essentially sulphur in an oily base and I have gently rubbed it into the featherless areas also. I thought if both mites are a Sarcoptid mite and burrow under the skin, a smear of this cream would help to suffocate any remaing mites and also give the girls some relief.
  10. Okay, Yes I am definately seeing new feathers coming through! Picked Libby up, who was a bare necked Pekin last week and there is a full covering of stiff feather shafts around her head and neck popping through. She was as bald as a coot last week. I will check the others closely later tonight and fingers crossed they are heading the same way. Our top hen Molly has the largest area of red skin and missing feathers around her throat and as shes now 5yrs old, might be finding it harder to pick herself up? I too have been advised to give lots of extra protein in the way of cat food (Lilys organic) and they love it, so hopefully another good bath in Johnsons should do the trick.. We may not all have the same problem, but a bath in dog flea shampoo might be a good preventative anyway? Best of luck all Troy
  11. Thats just wonderful. My favorite bird and birdsong too! We found one in a poorly state 2 years ago with hardly any feathers and much too young to be alone. It must have fallen out of its nest and gotten caught in something on the way down. The parents bravely fought on feeding it on the ground, but eventually we had to take it in as the neighbourhood cats spotted it also. We had no expectations that it would even survive the night, but a week in, we had sorted out the bleeding and the wing and it was feeding constantly off some plastic tweezers! (yes i got up at 6 to feed it and continued this round the clock for a month!!) BUT it grew and its feathers came through and with the help of a local wildlife fostering lady, we learned how to teach it to feed on its own. Eventually, it grew strong and brave enough to attempt flying (which is when it got messy) and we encouraged it to fly further and further each day by placing it on the back of a chair, with another chair (with treats) being moved further away. A month later, we took it to this lady who arranged for this brave little bird to be placed into a juvenile aviary for Blackbirds, where it learned how to be a bird and how to find live insects/worms off the floor. Eventually our little bird went into a slow release programme and was allowed to come and go back to the aviary until it was brave enough to leave forever. Apparently, this wonderful lady told us that it was one of the longest cases she had ever come across of a wild bird being reluctant to leave human company. Oops I think we spent a bit too much time with it in the evenings, when it would always fly onto my lap, cuddle up and chirp itself to sleep! Beautiful! Troy
  12. Andrea, I'm glad you did bring this up again as I was going to update anyway. Your photos and description of what is happening around the neck is EXACTLY what the girls are experiencing here. Thanks for posting them too. We have no feather loss around their bottoms etc, but the neck and particularly around the throat area, they do have bald patches and reddish skin. As per the vets instructions, we isolated the Pekin suspected of pulling feathers (and we did see her do this as I mentioned before!) but it just didnt look like a feather pulling/eating situation. The girls were constantly preening and dust bathing under the hedges and I mean virtually all day! With the amount of feathers in the beds, I just knew it wasnt Summer. Reading a lot more about it I am now convinced that it is the depluming mite, which has apparently taken off this year along with Scaly leg mite, so we made good use of the weather last Friday and did a thorough Cube/Run Poultry Shield pressure wash AND built up the courage to wash all 8 girls in Johnsons dog flea shampoo. By what Ive put together I understand that Ivermectin doesnt work on the DM although it does on the SLM. However, recommendations to bathe the girls in Johnsons dog flea shampoo, which contains a natural form of Pemethrin, does kill DM. I was very worried that my little girlies would all catch horrible colds and die, because of my bathing, but I must say they seemed to actually enjoy it. and more importantly...am I now seeing new feather shafts coming through??? I think I am, but I dont want to get too excited yet. Time will tell and I shall certainly pass an update on if you wish. Incidentally, dust bathing has returned to the usual morning ritual and they seem far more 'at ease'. Far less feathers around, though neck areas are still red. Will bathe again me thinks. Heres hoping you both dont have hundreds of birds, I would say a good wash in a tub trug with Johnsons flea shampoo might be a huge step to getting your girls 'dressed' again. Good luck Troy
  13. I cannot eat non free range chicken or pork etc for that matter. I am comfortable being a meat eater, as long as I know that animal had, though short, a full and most natural life as possible. What I find even worse and what truly sickens me, is when I hear of animals being mistreated and abused in abbatoirs, no matter which farm they came from. More CCTV cameras need to be introduced in these places and farms across the board need more stringent welfare methods put in place!
  14. New hens always lift the spirit. Sorry about your girls.
  15. Hi there, We have a 15ftx15ft octagonal run. To relay the floor with Aubiose after a full clear out, we use about 3 bales. If you have a covered run ie a roof whereby the Aubiose will remain dry on rainy days, then you will only need to top up as and when it needs it. So initially the cost may be high, but once laid it is not an expensive floor covering to lay. Hope that helps troy

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