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Our goslins are only two weeks old and have down loss on their

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Our goslins are only two weeks old and have down loss on their necks and backs? How can we stop this?

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Hello and welcome to JA. I'm Dr. Gregg and I will try to help you today. I am no poultry expert but the first thing I would look for is the northern fowl mite (ornithissus sylvarum). It tends to infest head, neck and rump causing itching and feather loss. Close exam or an acetate tape prep can help find them. Treatment is dusting with pyrethrin powders available at most feed stores, or 5% carbaryl (kills bees though). Trauma from the goslins pecking at each other can also be a factor. Are the goslings eating and thriving?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, the goslins are eating and drinking. I was told we should not have put them in water as they lose their oil on their skin and also, no need for the tetracycline.


Thank you for your help and where would we find acetate tape?

Acetate tape is a clear "scotch tape" available at office supply stores. It is pressed over several affected areas and examined under a microscope looking for mites or other parasites
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