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Is Sevin Dust Still safe?

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Is Sevin Dust Still safe for poultry? Or did I completely miss something??
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I still use it, or at least some form of poultry dust, I personally think it's safer than DE.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Thank you!
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Sevin has been recently put on a lifetime withdrawal for poultry meat and eggs by USDA....

......stuffs always been one of the worst IMO. 'Safe' is a relative term.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Use permethrin dust instead, as it's still approved for poultry.  Skip the carbaryl.  Mary

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Sevin has been recently put on a lifetime withdrawal for poultry meat and eggs by USDA....

......stuffs always been one of the worst IMO. 'Safe' is a relative term.

 

Yes, this is true. If it's not safe for the meat/egg industry, why would anyone want to use it on your backyard chickens? Let's also not forget that DDT was considered safe not that many years ago.

 

Permethrin/pyrethrin are "safer" alternatives, but this are still very toxic substances. It is a very very fine dust...of which any fine dust is not good to breathe. It is also very toxic to nearly all insects, including beneficial ones like bees. I use it not routinely but only if I end up with a mite/lice problem. I'll don a good dust mask and then use it directly on the roosts, but will mix it 1:5 (dust to ashes) with wood ash to dust the birds directly (again, only if needed). The instructions included with my pyrethrin claim it is "safe" to dust poultry directly, but I don't trust that...I tend to be much conservative in chemical use than the instructions suggest.

 

That said, the first time we had a mite/lice issue, I had no pyrethrin dust handy and I simply used pine wood ash from our wood stove. I dusted each of them thoroughly, especially around their vents. One treatment was all it took for a cure for most of the birds. A few of them needed a 2nd treatment 10 days later. I also now dump a small pile of wood ash in their run and mix it in with the dirt/bedding so they can do it themselves. In fact, once I am through this bottle of pyrethrin dust (it's expensive stuff), I doubt I will buy another. Or I may just keep the bottle for many years for the times of when I "really need it".

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We've used it and neve withdrawal eggs. We still eat them. Play sand is better to help pests? Then use boiling hot water for ant piles?
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