kated wrote:As to your question yes, chickens can and do get fleas although they're not as common as redmite and lice. Chicken fleas can't jump as high as other types of fleas so if you persistantly get bites on your ankles and lower legs after visiting your chickens, suspect chicken fleas.
Mites like to hide in crevices and cracks in woodwork and leave behind a telltale pepper like staining (their droppings) you can also check by wiping a damp kitchen towel along the perches. If you can see dark red marks or blood then you have a mite problem.
Lice live on the bird and are more visible but run very quickly. They typically lay a cluster of eggs on the feathers closest to the chickens' vents. The egg cluster looks at first sight like a bit of white poo stuck to the feathers but it's much harder to remove than poo. The picture shows lice eggs.
andoy wrote:I've not come across chicken fleas in this country, but it is quite common in tropics. Perhaps the cold is not so favourable to it and it's easier to control.
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