Bedbugs torture not only us, but also our chickens. They are distributed mainly in the South, where it is warm and comfortable and can be carriers of serious diseases. Bugs can live in chickens both on the body and in the room itself. This article will tell.
Like other blood-sucking parasites, bedbugs also bring a lot of torment to chickens. They not only reduce their weight, egg production, but can also infect the body. And this is a big loss for the economy. That is why the bugs need not just quickly get rid of, but also to perform various preventive actions. Often it is the bedbug that is familiar to us, which parasitizes on domestic birds.Bedbug usual bed
Bedbugs love warm, secluded places where you can sleep during the day, and go hunting at night when the birds are sleepy and helpless in the dark. If we want to find these parasites, we certainly need to look for them in the cracks. Bedbugs live in grooves, in cracks of walls and perches, in the nests themselves. Hungry bedbugs can attack chickens during the day, but this is extremely rare.
The peculiarity of these parasites lies in the fact that they are very resistant to cold and can live up to 1.5 years without food. That is why adults can easily spend the winter in unheated rooms, as well as in places where birds do not live.
How to identify bedbugs?
Fortunately, to identify bedbugs in chickens is quite simple. It is worth panicking if you find in your birds:
- red wounds, bites;
- skin irritation;
- birds itch and constantly clean feathers.
Of course, with a weak spread of parasites, the symptoms appear less, however, well looking at the skin of the chicken you can notice wounds. In addition, a sharp deterioration in egg production, as well as weight loss should alert the owner - this may be a sure sign of the presence of bugs in the hen house.
Bedbugs, like many other parasites, choose those parts of the victim's body where the skin is softer and there is good blood supply. Knowing this, it is necessary, first of all, to carefully inspect the places under the wings, neck, head and abdomen in chickens.
Compared to ticks and fleas, bedbugs are rarely seen on the body of a bird, but if you look into the cracks or other secluded places, you will find a lot of gray dots. You should regularly check the roost, nests and those places where chickens are most often. For night parasites, it is best to check it at night, when they become active.
Methods of struggle
All methods of dealing with bedbugs are associated with certain difficulties. If there are favorable conditions for their development, then they can be removed only by special preparations.
- After detecting bites on the body of chickens, you must move the bird for a while to another clean room.
- When new individuals appear in a flock, be sure to inspect the area of the wings and under them. This will help to understand whether a chicken can be a carrier of parasite eggs.
- Before processing the coop must be thoroughly cleaned of dirt and litter. Next is to go through a blowtorch on the walls, floor and ceiling of the room and then take up the special treatment.
- Repeat the procedure several times in 10-12 days.
- Birds need to find a comfortable room where they can stay for about two weeks.
You can apply the following drugs:
- 0.5% Neocidol;
- 2% chlorophos solution (200 g per 10 liters of water);
Remember that for use in poultry in chicken coops, preparations based on chlorinated hydrocarbons are prohibited, as they can accumulate in eggs and meat. It is also impossible to use benzene, aldrin, toxaphene, hexachloride, heptachlor.
The chicken itself is treated with a 1% solution of chlorophos or a 2% solution of Inkur. To do this, the drugs are diluted in water and bathe all birds. However, if there are still households near you, you should join forces, as the bugs are able to migrate.