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Mites, lice or other parasite??

I have one bird with lumpy things stuck under neck area and none of the others have it. Separated from others since noticing it. I've put vaseline on them last 5 days but they're not coming off. I tried tea tree oil and DE. I thought they might be a type of mite or lice but I'm wondering now are they type of tic?
Never seen it before.
Creamy coloured dots like size of ball point on top of pen.
Anyone know what are and how to kill them?
Any advice appreciated.

Cork Wyandotte
Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Are they stuck to the feathers or attached to the skin? If it's ticks they will get bigger as they fill with blood. Lice do form clumps on the feathers but more usually around the vent. Is she eating and well otherwise?

Joseph lawler
Friday, December 18th, 2020

Stuck to skin.
Eats only when food is reachable.
Not blood filled so I'm not sure they're ticks either.
Thanks anyway.

Cork Wyandotte
Saturday, December 19th, 2020

Can you show pictures?

Sulky Bantam
Monday, December 21st, 2020

Not sure how to show photos here.

Cork Wyandotte
Monday, December 21st, 2020

If you look on the left hand side of this page under Irish Fowl FAQs it tells you if and how you can post pictures.

Monday, December 21st, 2020

Oh I couldn't see that before now.
Thank you.
It says I need to upload to Imgur but I don't have this app and have no space to download anymore.
Trying to find a vet that does chickens is like a needle in hay stack.

Cork Wyandotte
Monday, December 21st, 2020

They haven't grown in size or changed colour. I've applied tea tree oil for nearly week and they seem to be falling off gradually.

Cork Wyandotte
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

ok... keep us updated

Sulky Bantam
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Found vet near kinsale road roundabout in cork that treats chickens but they don't know what the lumps are.
Neck bent to left also but not showing grey iris or coughing or sneezing or visual impairment or any other signs of Marek's.
Was given septrin, 1ml twice daily.
Still can't understand lumps.
No other birds have it and I've never had this in over 10 years of keeping chickens.
Wild birds could have brought something in.

It's a long way to get a chicken vet.
I don't like putting that much travel stress on the bird.
Does anyone know of a good one nearer west Waterford?

Cork Wyandotte
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

If you are close to Carrick-on-suir then you could try Suirside Veterinary clinic. I'm not sure whether or not they treat chickens.

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Thanks craigmartin.
I'll give them a buzz and find out when they open.

Cork Wyandotte
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Hi I don't Know what your bird situation is now but after reading your post it seems it might be a mite ,some sort of parasite or an infection of some sorts. A bent neck could also mean canker but I am sure the vet checked for this, but don't rule it out.
I would three things with this bird.
1. Daily doses of antibiotic for a week
2. Three doses of a fenbendazole based wormer for tracheal mites (I dose my birds with 3 doses of orazole 1/2ml or less pending on the size of the bird in a week every 6 months and they are perfectly fine).
3.Use a mite powder on the bird or even better a warm bath with medicated pet shampoo for lice mite and ticks and be careful with the eyes.(I have done this many times to birds who don't dust bath to remove lice and mite infestations and they gained a whole new lease of life).
Keep using the oil if you think its working.
This is only what I would do for my bird in a situation like yours.
I am only passing on knowledge and experience on how I know how I can treat my birds safely without harming them in any way.
I am not responsible how people interpret and use this information and ending up causing harm to their birds or pets.

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Thank you roostercrowburn.

The vet didn't check the lumps under neck and when I asked again, I was told they didn't know what the lumps were on visual inspection.
I have been putting tea tree oil and then covering with vaseline every day for last week and half or so and they're gone.
I still don't know what they were.
And I'm giving antibiotic tylan and vets septrin as well as flubenvet to cover everything I can think of.

I'm thinking the bent neck is either genetic or an injury now.

One ear is enlarged and neck is slightly twisted to one side straight under this.
And it is also twisted further down near breast area.
It was curled right back so it has improved a good bit but not fully.
Been trying to learn joints in chicken skeleton but it's hard to feel if anything is dislocated.
Saying that, bird isn't in pain, is eating and drinking freely when water and food is on ground within reach.
I'm giving a portion of aspirin tablet dissolved in water incase of pain.

I thought it might be cranker too but there's no yellow cheesey infection anywhere.

Cork Wyandotte
Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

You seem to have covered all bases here.As for the lumps I read there are more than 300 lumps systs hens can get which can make diagnosis difficult even for a vet. And for the bent neck it is very plausible the bird injured herself But there is a condition called wry neck which could explain the bent neck and it is treatable.Here is a link to help you If this is the case.

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

one more thing the enlarged ear usually means ear infection and a symptom can be wry neck.

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Thanks roostercrowburn :)

I've given a multivitamin incase it's a deficiency and antibiotic septrin from vet for ear infection.

So that's why I'm thinking it's either genetic or an injury.

Whatever lumps were, they're gone :)

If neck twist is genetic, there's not alot I can do and I won't be using for breeding from.

But I highly suspect an injury from one of the other birds but I can't feel any loose or broken bones and I'm looking at pictures of the internal skeleton but I can't find any to show the intricate bones in the neck are beneath the base of the skull. Anyway I have no way of fixing that either without surgery.

I'll give it a month and if there is a good chance of good quality of life, I won't put to sleep.

Cork Wyandotte
Monday, January 4th, 2021

Anyone know of a good chicken vet in Cork or Waterford or south Tipperary areas?

Cork Wyandotte
Monday, January 4th, 2021

Did you call suirside then?

Monday, January 4th, 2021

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