As soon as you get new chickens, flip them up side down and dust them with poultry dust. Make sure to hit the vent area real good. Do this even if you don't see lice. Then keep them separated for three weeks of so and check them before letting them in with your flock.
Ok, I know I said this before, but once you get lice and mites, DE will not kill them. Funny thing, years ago Pyrethrum was considered organic. It comes from marigolds right? It is not that toxic. Also, it is very important that you use seven or something similar to spray the coops and pens. Do use DE after the mites are gone. I use Organic as much as possible.
The Die no Mite strips work by putting a little bit of pyrethrym on the chickens when they bump into it. With the Mites and lice, you are having a lower than normal production of eggs right? Let me know how much better your flock looks after they are treated and how much better your egg production is.
My hen that had symptoms of Mites is now laying again and looking good. I used ivermectin, Die no Mite strips and sprayed the coop with Seven.
Originally Posted by buckabucka
Originally Posted by ronott1
Do you know if the Lice came from new chickens to your flock or from wild birds? Hopefully after all of the initial work they will be gone soon.
Friday the 13th was my birthday, so it was a good day for me!
Fire is scary! So glad you did not lose the house and no one was hurt.
We dusted all of our birds yesterday for mites, and discovered some had lice, too. It's going to be a long battle.
Congratulations on your hatch!
Well, we're not sure where the lice came from, but we did add pullets to our flock. We quarantined them to make sure they had no diseases, but never examined them for lice. Stupid, I know. We can almost never catch a chicken except in the dead of night. You should have seen our chase scene yesterday
. I do know we had mites earlier. I'm hoping we can get them under control. For now, DH is insisting on organic methods. He has become the king of chicken dusting.