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Mites

Feather Mite Infection

Mite infestations occur often in abandoned domestic ducks and wild waterfowl. Mites are a type of ectoparasite (parasite that invades and lives on the outer body of their host), that live within the bird's feathers. Heavy infestations with mites tend to occur in most often in younger, sick, or injured birds. The mites are transmitted to ducks by direct contact with an infected host.

Symptoms

Scratching
Scabby skin around vent
Blackened feathers
Dull-looking feathers
Ruffled feathers

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Skin scrap for parasite identification

Support/Treatment

Zodiac Flea & Tick Powder
Insect Repellent Garlic Barrier Liquid Concentrate
Frontline Flea & Tick Spray - 8.5 oz
Prozap Garden & Poultry Dust
Louse Powder 350g
MethodMethod Summary
Trichlorfon1.5 g/L (0.15%) topical for a spray
Carbaryl5% powder dusted lightly over feathers

Prevention

  • Maintaining a clean living area
  • Excluding rodents and wild birds from areas where ducks are kept.
  • Quarantine new birds.

References

Blogs

Risk Factors

  • Recently added flock member.

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