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Bird lice!!! How do I get rid of it!

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I've been occasionally finding a little bug crawling on me, especially after handling my birds, so I looked it up in my Audubon guide, and they're bird lice!  EEEWW!! My chickens don't really scratch any more than usual, but my boyfriend is freaked out and doesn't want my birds anywhere near the house now.  What is a good way to delouse them?  I also have tiny week old chicks, so I assume they'll get lice too.  My chickens frequent areas where wild birds hang out (under the birdfeeder) so I assume they'll be exposed to lice constantly.  We're going to change the fencing arrangement soon so they won't be by the feeder.

18 banty hens, 2 banty roos, a few big girls , and they all want to be broody right now.  UGH.  Too many broodies!!!  It's COLD OUTSIDE.

RIP Mr. Rooster, my famous TV star.
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18 banty hens, 2 banty roos, a few big girls , and they all want to be broody right now.  UGH.  Too many broodies!!!  It's COLD OUTSIDE.

RIP Mr. Rooster, my famous TV star.
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Some louse powders include Sevin (carbaryl)
and Dri-Kill (sulfur and rotenone).
I think Miss Prissy had a definitive post on this a while ago, she suggests mixing diatomaceous earth (DE) and Sevin in a pantyhose foot and using it to dust under the wings and all over the vent area of each bird.

Both can be used in bedding and nest boxes.  Many of us are using DE as a preventive in the coop.cool

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Thanks-- I was thinking of using sevin, but I wasn't sure if it was okay for birds.  The pantyhose idea is great.  I couldn't figure out how I would manage to dust them without getting it all over the place.  Non- food grade DE is okay for external use right?  I have my doubts that I could find the other kind in my area.

18 banty hens, 2 banty roos, a few big girls , and they all want to be broody right now.  UGH.  Too many broodies!!!  It's COLD OUTSIDE.

RIP Mr. Rooster, my famous TV star.
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18 banty hens, 2 banty roos, a few big girls , and they all want to be broody right now.  UGH.  Too many broodies!!!  It's COLD OUTSIDE.

RIP Mr. Rooster, my famous TV star.
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post #4 of 62

BTW humans cannot get bird lice. I don't know if that will comfort your boyfriend.

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Hey- that comforts ME too!

18 banty hens, 2 banty roos, a few big girls , and they all want to be broody right now.  UGH.  Too many broodies!!!  It's COLD OUTSIDE.

RIP Mr. Rooster, my famous TV star.
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18 banty hens, 2 banty roos, a few big girls , and they all want to be broody right now.  UGH.  Too many broodies!!!  It's COLD OUTSIDE.

RIP Mr. Rooster, my famous TV star.
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post #6 of 62

I found this article one day on ridding your coop of roost mites. I found it quite interesting and it was very cost effective

http://www.plamondon.com/faq_healthcare.html

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One Husband...9 cats, 2 Doxies & 1 Lab/BC cross, lots of guineas & chickens

"You can judge the heart of a man by the treatment of his animals" Emmanual Kant
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post #7 of 62

Mrs.Puff :

Thanks-- I was thinking of using sevin, but I wasn't sure if it was okay for birds.  The pantyhose idea is great.  I couldn't figure out how I would manage to dust them without getting it all over the place.  Non- food grade DE is okay for external use right?  I have my doubts that I could find the other kind in my area.


NO!  DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT use the non-food grade DE on your birds or anyplace around them.  You can order the food grade DE from spatcher here on BYC.  His prices are very reasonable and I understand that he can get it to you fairly quickly. 

If this is something you want to take care of today, which I don't blame you, then just use the sevin in the panty hose.  When you get your food grade DE add it to the coop area and nesting boxes. smile

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post #8 of 62

While generally Bird Lice cannot live off humans, they can become a problem and can bite. My daughter had Bird Lice entering through her window. Before we knew what they were or where they were coming from, we would treat her for lice every day and then they'd be back to following day.

The doctor identified them as bird lice. We then treated the area outside and around here window with Sevin and also removed the limbs that were near the house. We never had a problem after that.

I believe that everything exists for a reason... However, lice and chiggers are a real mystery to me.:|

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I dust them with seven powder from home depot and the bugs are gone in less than a day.  Dont eat the eggs for at least 1 week after applying.  Seven works GREAT.

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UGH!  A whole week?!  That's like 3 dozen eggs!!  You really have to wait that long???sad

18 banty hens, 2 banty roos, a few big girls , and they all want to be broody right now.  UGH.  Too many broodies!!!  It's COLD OUTSIDE.

RIP Mr. Rooster, my famous TV star.
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18 banty hens, 2 banty roos, a few big girls , and they all want to be broody right now.  UGH.  Too many broodies!!!  It's COLD OUTSIDE.

RIP Mr. Rooster, my famous TV star.
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