I'll start to use front line spray. Can you let me know what kind of frontline spray you use and average dosage.
No sneezing or coughing tonight.
I would give the birds a break for a while and not use any unnecessary treatments, you don't want to kill them with kindness.
But for reference, I buy the frontline spray for cats and dogs and spray once under each wing (where it can touch their skin, don't spray their whole body). I use it in the spring and then again in the fall, one treatment should protect the birds for several months unless they have a bad lice/mite problem to start with.
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True however Frontline is used on tens of millions of dogs/cats kept as companion animals. That means millions of people come in contact with Frontline every day when handling their pet, including babies petting dogs and putting their fingers in their mouths, people preparing food, etc...
Most products don't seek a costly approval unless they plan to move into that market, and since Frontline probably doesn't have any designs on the backyard chicken market segment they won't bother getting approved.
Frontline is a great product for dogs and cats, but isn't approved for ANY food animals, and is best not used on them.. Fancychooklady is so right! Permethrin works fine if mites or lice actually appear, and is approved for use. DE is not good for anyone's lungs! Mary
The two active ingredients in Frontline ARE approved for use in food animals. The active ingredients are fipronil and (s)methroprene.
Fipronil is approved for use in cattle, sheep, and chickens: http://parasitipedia.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2465&Itemid=2733
And (s)methroprene is approved as a feed additive for beef cattle and is also in poultry houses: http://smartlic.com/products/ne-30-igr-fly-control/
In addition permethrins are a toxin and can cause a severe reaction in some small animals, it is also one of the leading causes of fatal poisoning in cats.
I find preventing an infestation to be a heck of a lot easier than trying to eradicate one with DE or permethrins or even gasoline in the case of leg mites. I also believe this method is much less stressful for the birds, my chickens are pets first and egg producers second. In addition my area has a lot of ticks that carry a variety of really serious diseases, neophyte ticks often feed on birds.