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I just noticed today my poor buff orphington has lice by her vent and egg sacks. I feel awful for not noticing sooner. The rest of my flock all have a few by their vent but not nearly as bad as my buff. How do you best treat the flock? Also how do I get rid of the egg sacks- do I give her a bath ?
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I just noticed today my poor buff orphington has lice by her vent and egg sacks. I feel awful for not noticing sooner. The rest of my flock all have a few by their vent but not nearly as bad as my buff. How do you best treat the flock? Also how do I get rid of the egg sacks- do I give her a bath ?

I use permethrin powder, then re-treat at 7-10 days to get new ones hatching from those egg clusters.

The egg clusters are rock hard and difficult to get off, don't think a bath will do it.

Have read of some folks using an oil on them to smother them before they hatch.

 

If it's warm where you live, this might be easier than using the powder:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1134783/permethrin-spray

Wonders if soaking the eggs with the spray would kill them?

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."

Reply
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I just noticed today my poor buff orphington has lice by her vent and egg sacks. I feel awful for not noticing sooner. The rest of my flock all have a few by their vent but not nearly as bad as my buff. How do you best treat the flock? Also how do I get rid of the egg sacks- do I give her a bath ?

I have successfully used diatomaceous earth for years. Dont let the weird name fool you, it's commonly available under different brands.. At Many Home depots.. Walmarts..gardener.. Tractor supply.. And its cheap.

You just sprinkle some in their coop, dirt bath pits, and run and a little bit in their food. Keep the area clean and repeat a couple times and every last lice will be gone in a few days.

Chickens don't need water baths.
Edited by Jacob Duckman - 3/22/17 at 4:30pm
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Originally Posted by gabz44 View Post

I just noticed today my poor buff orphington has lice by her vent and egg sacks. I feel awful for not noticing sooner. The rest of my flock all have a few by their vent but not nearly as bad as my buff. How do you best treat the flock? Also how do I get rid of the egg sacks- do I give her a bath ?

I have successfully used diatomaceous earth for years. Dont let the weird name fool you, it's commonly available under different brands.. At Many Home depots.. Walmarts..gardener.. Tractor supply.. And its cheap.

You just sprinkle some in their coop, dirt bath pits, and run and a little bit in their food. Keep the area clean and repeat a couple times and every last lice will be gone in a few days.

Chickens don't need water baths.

DE might help deter external parasites, but it will NOT eradicate an infestation.

Beware that many brands are more clay than DE. 

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."

Reply

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."

Reply
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