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Originally Posted by Beekissed View Post
 

The wood ash won't do for long term...the lice come back.  You might try sulfur dust or pyrethrin dust, both are natural and safe to use on food animals. 

 

We couldn't find sulfur. I've sprayed chickens + roost with Neem, and we have wood ash coming! Coop is also cleaned. Hoping this will help somewhat and planning to spray again next week.

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post #112 of 117
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Originally Posted by dottysfarm View Post
 

Thank you all SO much for posting these organic methods! I was really starting to lose hope of finding people with organic advice!!! Maybe we can get the moderators to start an organic link under which we can place out organic methods???? I have become so weary of people hounding those posting asking for organic methods. sad

Anyway, I had mites on one of my birdies and I put coconut and tea tree oil on her. Next day mites were gone.

 

Dottysfarm, do you just rub it into their feathers (separating the feathers to get to the base)?  I'm willing to try ANYTHING now... I have 11 girls who probably all need treatment....

post #113 of 117

so my birds have lice.  it is dead winter here.  this is what i am doing (for future people)
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#1  bathed her as mentioned earlier, and took FOREVER to blow dry her, but i wanted to know for future reference.  i saw she had eggs, but did not go digging for live ones, i assumed they were on her.  after bath i dug around and saw no live ones.  then i rubbed virgin coconut oil on her.  

#2 i saw eggs and a few live ones.  i dumped some VCO on her.

#3-#60 i had dust bathed them in DE, wood ash and a bit of sand to make it easy to grasp

#61-#73, we were tired and worn out, they were the harder to catch so we just dumped the dust mix on them.

 

#1, 2 i did on thursday, the others on friday.

 

today is saturday.  i picked up 5 random birds, they all still had live lice on them.

i picked up #1, no live lice.  eggs are still there, feathers are still greasy from VCO.

#2 no live lice.  eggs are still there, but feathers are hardened due to VCO.  so, eggs are smothered in VCO with essentially no way out.  

 

im going to grab a few more that i see live lice on and get VCO on them, and take note in a day or two.  ill update.

post #114 of 117


I sell a great Lice, Tick, Mite, Flea, Mosquito, Insect repellent and Killer. It is safe all natural 100% undiluted essential Oil Concentrate.  You dilute the concentrate 12:1 with water and spray in runs, coops, nest boxes and on hens or animal fur, pets, or add to shampoo, put on your pant legs when out in the grass, in the house on wood decks, great for camping and great on vegetable garden grounds or leaves.

 

Its only $14 for 10 oz and you put an ounce or less in a 10 -12 oz spray bottle with water.   
A few times a year when I do a thorough coop clean out I mix it 4:1 so the oil soaks in to the wood real well and spray all the corners and cracks real well and it lasts.


I spray a little on my goats and I their bedding.

This stuff will get rid of termites!!  If you mix 4:1 and spay on a paper towel you can toss that into the run or under roosts, and stuff one down a mouse hole it may drive them away.

For people who have lice or mites on their hens mix 8:1 and spray them down to the skin if you can. But keeping it in the runs and coops should keep them away.
 

If you have a tick into the skin you can put a drop straight on it and it will back out or kill it.  Works well dilute also and wrap with plastic saran wrap. But generally if you use this periodically you won't have any mites or ticks.   I use DE under the roosts and in runs for fly control.

For Chicken scaly leg mites do the 4:1 and then put a little  Vaseline over it. Or some thick Castor oil.    

It has lots of Neem and Cedarwood,  Karanja, Ajowan, Peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen, Thyme, Lemon Grass, Lemon, Citronella, Pine, Lemon Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Clove and other oils in it.
Let me know if you would like me to ship you one. You will love it.
 

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post #115 of 117

update
chicken #1 still no live lice

#2 still no live lice

all the other chickens still have live lice. 

 

i took 10-15 more chickens this morning, made sure i saw multiple live lice on them, poured on the coconut oil.  that was 10ish am.  it is now just after 2pm, i checked 3 of those chickens, i did not see live lice.

i think im going to treat the rest with coconut oil tomorrow and saturday.

 

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post #116 of 117

This is great, thanks for all the wonderful natural info! :yesss:

 

Really don't like the idea of having to go down the chemical route as it kills so many other things in the process everywhere it goes and i'd prefer to have a natural habitat, this is very important to us as we have free range chickens that go all over our yard and we have organic gardens they like to hang near. Disturbs me to think of the chemicals lingering and killing off other insects that we really try to promote living here that are beneficial to our ecosystems we care for. Plus, I'd like to eat our eggs still! 

 

Definitely will be trying a few things to see what works...really hoping that something will. We just discovered some lice and nits on one of our girls and nits on the other (obviously will have lice too then) so we'll be treating all 6. The babies are ok being so separate from them in the brooder in the house, so we'll just be making sure before we integrate them that all is well.

 

I don't mind doing treatments frequently if that is what it takes, once an ecosystem is set up it usually can take care of itself, it's all in a matter of getting there and I find the process of making it happen much easier to build through sometimes hard and consistent work rather than the chemical as it destroys more than intended usually, though i do understand that not everyone is able to choose that choice which i fully respect.

If results don't happen then a person's gotta do what a person's gotta do. We are caretakers and that is a responsibility in itself.

 

I will post the progress and process that we end up using. 

 

Thanks again everyone, I love how there are other ways than just one that things can be looked at and I love it how people can be so open and honest about it all. Really awesome! :clap

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post #117 of 117


I am sure in a previous post I have listed ingredient sin my insect repellant and killer essential oil formula. It will drive off the lice quickly as well as mites and fleas and others insects even termites.

And keep them away as well and is totally safe. You can't smother them all with coconut oil, you need essential oils that they don't like and drive them off.

20 years raising hens, goats and keeping guard llamas. Feeding organic non-GMO fresh cracked grains and seeds, fodder and ferment
 

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