Monday, May 20, 2013

Buffalo Gnat Update

We lost our Silver Laced Wyandotte, Lacey, to the buffalo gnats this afternoon, despite all of our efforts.  She died in Mr. B.'s arms.

Lacey's first time outdoors when she was about 3 weeks old.
Her back was quite bare due to the attentions of our rooster.  She was wearing a saddle, but the flies could get underneath it.  Casualties in chickens who have poor feather coverage is apparently higher; as it's easier for the flies to get to the skin.

Lacey out foraging about two weeks ago.

The flies are bad here right now with our hot weather and all the rain and flooding we've had in Illinois.

We're trying everything in my last post about buffalo gnats plus whatever we can think of, to keep the rest of the flock alive.  Fingers crossed we don't lose any more.

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