Ok, so this is going to sound like a silly post. I am going to be dusting my chickens for mites. I have found a few, and want to take care of it before it becomes a problem. I have about 30 adults that I am going to be dusting. My question is how do you dust a chicken? Do you lift the feathers and powder them, or do you just srpinkle it over them? I am either going to use seven dust 5%, or food grade diatomaceous. I just cleaned the coop, and scrubbed out the plastic nest boxes, and refilled with shavings, and treated the roosts with a liquid seven dust. Do I need to lift up the wings and dust under there, or dust around the vent area? I know that sounds silly, but I have never had to dust mine before. Also, I am going to make a large boxed in area for a dust bath. What have you all found is best to fill the dust bath with? I have also heard you can put seven dust, or Diatomaceous earth in the dust bath box also. Any advice....
I use litterboxes (uncovered) in the coops with just dirt from the ground (about 30%) and sand (20%) and Diatomacious Earth (50%). I got my DE at TSC in Athens. If yours doesn't have it, they can get it to their store from Athens. I know... I worked there... the teen at the register might not now they can do that, but they can and will at their cost.
Also twice a year I put Ivemectin Pour On on their backs... usually this time of year (mental note: got to do Ivemec again) so that they are worm and lice/mite free before winter sets in and their feathers can be at top notch before they need them the most.
I have seen people use buckets, litterboxes, even a cardboard box will work. Just need about 3-5 inches of depth so they can really get rolling in it.