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Feather lice in chickens

Besides red mites, feather lice are also common ectoparasites found in chickens. The main difference is that feather lice feed on the protein in chicken feathers, rather than sucking blood. They are also a lot easier to see with the naked eye than red mites, because feather lice never leave the chicken, which means they are also visible by day. Do you suspect that your chickens might have feather lice? If so, they might be showing the following symptoms.

Symptoms of feather lice in chickens

  • Chickens are clearly itching
  • They stick their beak between their feathers more frequently
  • Plume loss
  • Flaky skin between the feathers

Identifying feather lice

You can see feather lice with the naked eye. When you gently hold back the feathers surrounding the cloaca, you will see little brown crawlies. They are small, brownish lice that sit on and between the chicken’s feathers. They lay bundles of eggs at the foot of the feather shafts.

Finecto+ method for chickens

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Finecto+ method for chickens
Finecto+ combinationkit for chickens / birds / reptiles
Finecto+ combinationkit for chickens / birds / reptiles
  • Makes the blood and environment unattractive for mites
  • 100% natural, does not contain poison
  • No waiting time. The eggs can still be eaten during and after the treatment
  • If ordered before 16.00, shipped the same day!
  • 300 gram supplement and 1 Liter spray
Finecto Red mite test
Finecto Red mite test
  • Test to check on red mites
  • Tubes which you can place onto the perch
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