Originally Posted by Amina
Check out this site for info on mites and lice and how to treat them:
I haven't dealt with mites before, but I have treated mine for lice, using Garden and Poultry Dust with permethrin. My husband and I would take each chicken out of the coop one by one, and with gloves on, sprinkle the dust all over their bodies and fluff it deep into their feathers. You should wear a face mask when you do that too, so that you don't breathe in the dust. A couple treatments like that and the lice were gone.
I have heard that mites are harder to deal with than lice, though. Part of the problem is that mites don't stay on your chickens full time, so you will need to clean your coop frequently and get the poultry dust into the cracks and crevices of your coop where the mites like to hide.
I can't find any reputable info on whether wood ash is effective for controlling mites, but I think it is generally recommended more as a preventative measure. It sounds like you've already got a severe infestation, so it's time to bring out the "big guns," so to speak, to get this under control and get your chickens back to good health.
thanks so much! I really don't want to use that, as it makes people get cancer, someone I knew died from cancer after using that. is there anything else???
I don't like DE but i would use it if absolutly neccesary...
yes, I do have a big problem with one chicken- my absolute favorite. of corse. in some spots he has up to 3 lice on each feather shaft, but not all over. he has the poultry lice, not red mites, only 3 chickens have red mite symptoms, and not bad. the red mites are minor, the poultry lice are really bad.
thank you so much for helping. I guess the wood ash won't work, thanks, I was wondering if it actually worked. I agree I need the "big guns" too, I really want them to be healthy!!
is there anything like you do for dogs when they have lice?? like a back of the neck thing, only for chickens? even if I only have to do that on the worst one and use something else for the others.
does winter pare down their numbers? thanks so much!!
Originally Posted by Free Feather
I would still give them those kinds of treats, I would just separate her while they get any special foods. No bread for her, but I think the vegetables and stuff sounds fine. Do they free range? I would make sure she was free ranging, or somewhere that she got eat lots of plants and bugs, and has a reason and the space to run around for exercise. It is my opinion that chickens should not have 24 hour access to a feeder, especially if they free range. Not only will they pick through it and only eat what they want, like the corn, they will eat less real food, like plants, seeds, and bugs because they can eat commercial grain, which really is not all that great for them. In the morning, I would put down grain in a pan or whatever for them, enough that each chicken will eat in twenty minutes, and separate the overweight hen with her own 1/4 of a cup ration. When everyone else is done eating, let her out with everyone else, with no grain sitting out. Do this again in the evening, and if you are able, in the middle of the day. This is assuming they free range or have a pasture where they can get real food in between.
goody!!! they have a large run, (100 by 75ish feet for 30 chickens) and get to free range once a week, but recently I've been doing it every day. Their food is plain, It's layer pellets. no corn or goodies in their everyday feed. There is a lot of grass about 4 inches high everywhere in my yard, and lots of clover and assorted things they really like. I'll try this, maybe it'l save on feed costs too! I currently go through a little less than 50 lbs of grain per weeks with 30 chickens.