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Lice nits

post #1 of 6
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Hi, all - my RIR hen has probably 2-3 dozen feathers around her vent with nits at the base. I've cleaned and dusted the roosting area twice (ten day intervals) and dusted her and my other hens three times (7 day intervals) all with permethrin. My RIR (Daisy) is the only bird with the nits. I've trimmed her feathers back, but the nits never seem to hatch or go away. My girls free range all day, so Daisy has plenty of access to dirt bathing. Are these eggs still viable? Should I keep treating? Should I worry about removing the eggs? Help!
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Bumping and following I have a light Sussex with the same problem and don't know what to do!
post #3 of 6

Be careful to avoid over-treating with permethrin.  Have you tried giving her a bath to wash the eggs off? Sounds like they may just be stuck on firmly.


Edited by Sonya9 - 11/7/15 at 4:32am
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Be careful to avoid over-treating with permethrin.  Have you tried giving her a bath to wash the eggs off? Sounds like they may just be stuck on firmly.
post #5 of 6
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Hi Sonya:
The nits are in a crusty cluster at the base of affected feather shaft. They don't soften with water or oil (I've tried!) but I can scrape off with my nail - unfortunately this is painful and Daisy puts up quite a fuss.
I've heard 5% Sevin dust kills both adult lice and nits. With winter looming, I don't want an epidemic in my coop.
Thanks!
post #6 of 6

Frontline also kills lice and nits and it usually lasts for months, that is what I use on my birds. I don't like dusting with powders/chemicals that the birds (and I) have to breath in.


Edited by Sonya9 - 11/7/15 at 6:48am
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