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how can i get rid of chicken fleas????

post #1 of 18
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We got an infestation of fleas in my coup, I was thinking of using sevin dust in the coop and in the 4 month old chicks but there are babies just hatching since yesterday:) and I'm afraid it could harm them.  And what for the quails? Any ideas?

Lovely hubby, beautiful girl, one dog, pot bellied pig, love birds, parakeets, 5 button quails  and too many chickens...
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Lovely hubby, beautiful girl, one dog, pot bellied pig, love birds, parakeets, 5 button quails  and too many chickens...
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post #2 of 18

There are some threads here on lice.  Guessing that's what the 'fleas' are...cool

http://www.backyardchickens.com/search-forum.php?cx=partner-pub-9473214521653913%3Abil3pz2p90m&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=lice&sa=Search#1230

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post #3 of 18

Chicken fleas are not at all the same as lice or mites, but can be treated  about the same as Red Mites.  Basically it's a combination of Malathion spray, Malathion bath and Sevin dust.  Really kinda complicated and a serious issue if your chickens have them.  I recommend you Google "chicken fleas" and especially read the SUITE101.COM article about chicken infestations and treatments.  I'm dealing with the same problem as we speak on my chickens and turkeys.  Good Luck and keep us posted on your results.
Randy

post #4 of 18

I too have developed a recent problem with this pesky pest. I'm gonna try the suite 101 tips with the olive oil .... I'll keep posted whether or not that worked.

We've got ourselves a mini farm ... RIR's, a black copper maran <--needs a man *hint hint*), 2 mallards, 3 goats, 3 american pit bull terriers and 4 Patterdale Terriers, a 75 gal fish tank, a couple turtles, and a bearded dragon.
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We've got ourselves a mini farm ... RIR's, a black copper maran <--needs a man *hint hint*), 2 mallards, 3 goats, 3 american pit bull terriers and 4 Patterdale Terriers, a 75 gal fish tank, a couple turtles, and a bearded dragon.
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post #5 of 18

I didn't know chickens could get flees. hmm

I wonder if there those tiny snow flees? I see them all over the melting snow in the winter.  They eat algae!


Edited by PeepsInc - 7/30/09 at 11:01am
When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained....Mark Twain
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When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained....Mark Twain
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post #6 of 18

DE should deal with this problem as it will kill all pests.

Just dust your girls with it and after cleaning the coup and possibly disinfecting and treating it put down some DE powder along with your wood shavings or whatever you use to cover the floor or in nest boxes.

The Welsh Witch, mother to one insane Border Collie, 2 Comets(Goldfish) and 4 Black Rock Beauties, and now 3 Copper Blue Marans and 2 White Splash Marans.  Ohhh and 2 sons (all grown up so I need something else to keep me busy).
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The Welsh Witch, mother to one insane Border Collie, 2 Comets(Goldfish) and 4 Black Rock Beauties, and now 3 Copper Blue Marans and 2 White Splash Marans.  Ohhh and 2 sons (all grown up so I need something else to keep me busy).
Official Member of the Sir Opa/Sam (The Great Knight) Fan club..
www.LilacCottage.etsy.com
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post #7 of 18

Ohh I forgot you can also dust yoru run with it and it should deal with any problems you have there.

DE is Diatomaceous Earth. Hang on I will check the spelling just to make sure.  Yep that is right, it is totally natural and will work on internal and external parasites in poultry and other animals.

The Welsh Witch, mother to one insane Border Collie, 2 Comets(Goldfish) and 4 Black Rock Beauties, and now 3 Copper Blue Marans and 2 White Splash Marans.  Ohhh and 2 sons (all grown up so I need something else to keep me busy).
Official Member of the Sir Opa/Sam (The Great Knight) Fan club..
www.LilacCottage.etsy.com
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The Welsh Witch, mother to one insane Border Collie, 2 Comets(Goldfish) and 4 Black Rock Beauties, and now 3 Copper Blue Marans and 2 White Splash Marans.  Ohhh and 2 sons (all grown up so I need something else to keep me busy).
Official Member of the Sir Opa/Sam (The Great Knight) Fan club..
www.LilacCottage.etsy.com
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post #8 of 18

I believe "snow fleas" are actually collembola or springtails and not a flea, mite, tick or anything like that.

post #9 of 18

Cleaned out the coop, covered the girls twice, no result. ..$25

post #10 of 18

Bath time! Using flea and tick shampoo. While everyone is out of the coop, close it up and bug bomb it.

I live with my partner and our daughter in the foothills of NC. We LOVE our critters!
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I live with my partner and our daughter in the foothills of NC. We LOVE our critters!
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