I posted a while back after figuring out our hens had lice. We got them from a woman on craigslist and I was a new chicken owner and didn't think to check for it, so by the time I figured out that what what was going on, it had gotten really bad. Only a few had messy bottoms when we got them, then they all did and diarrhea.
It's been a real challenge treating them as they aren't used to being handled, and I've never handled chickens:)
I sprayed them with coconut oil right after finding the lice and it killed the lice that day, we haven't seen another one since, that was about a month ago. Then I bathed them in warm water/Neem oil to try and clean some of the nits/poopy mess off their feathers. I dusted them with DE, and I also cleaned out their coop extremely well and dusted it with DE.
We have dusted every seven days with Poultry Dust for three weeks now.
After the first dusting week, I checked their vents and they were so messy with poop/nits/scabs, etc. that we soaked them on a warm day for 30 minutes each in a little soapy water, and then I tried to break up nits/large chunks of dried poop, etc. I can't get the nits off at all and it bothers the hens a lot as the nits are down at the base of the feather shaft, and don't feel like I should pluck all those feathers around the vent?
They still have tons of nits, still no active lice ever crawling around, but some still have messy bottoms.
I hadn't read of anyone having to dust more than three times, shouldn't the nits have hatched by now?
Am I doing something wrong? I've spent way more hours on these chickens than I care to, or have time for, and not sure what to do next.