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Lice on my backyard flock

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I realized I have lice on my chickens! I saw a few bald spots and upon closer inspection saw little golden bugs running every where! I want to avoid a lengthy egg withdrawal as is required with most if not all medicinal approaches. I have tried DE and wood ash- I plan on reapplying in a week. Has anyone had success with this method? Thanks!
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Wood ash and DE can help with prevention, but once you actually see bugs I honestly recommend Poultry Dust with permethrin/pymethrin.

 

There is no egg withdrawal. Simply dust each bird individually and reapply in 10 days. You may have to do it 3 times to get rid of the infestation.

 

If you put the dust in a nylon stocking, you can dust like a powder puff. The other option is to put it in a small garbage bag and "shake and bake" the bird.

 

Clean your coop well, get rid of the bedding, and sprinkle Poultry Dust liberally.

 

If that doesn't work, then you may have to go to stronger measures like Ivermectin, but chances are, if you are diligent and stay the course reapplying appropriately, you'll get on top of it.

 

Good luck,

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Be safe, wear at least a N95 face mask when you are applying poultry dust.  Also clean out the bedding in the coop and dust everywhere, then add new shavings.  Mary

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