Originally Posted by Nambroth
Please don't take this the wrong way-- I don't mean it in a rude way, but that is impossible in a backyard chicken keeping scenario. Chicken dander is very, very fine and it will travel! They will always make it. It's as much a part of their biology as humans shedding dead skin cells.
Nambroth, I was reading something last year about a man who was trying to make a 'hair spray' for his infected birds from potato starch. His idea was that if the feathers could be stiffened, like women used to wear their hair, there would be a lot less sheds being put into the air. Especially in the coop. No idea if he ever perfected it or even followed up with it. At the time, I was a little bit busy and never even got a chance to contact him about it. At first it does sound just a bit off, but then when you really start to look at the process of the elimination of the dead cells...it's crazy enough to work. I don't think I'd want to go that route for myself. Any place that has the dampness we've been going through the last few years could be setting themselves up for some kind of bacterial infection and the added chance of increased feather picking. Still, if the right formula could be attained....I think the idea, as I said, is crazy enough to work by cutting the chances of it down in that respect quite nicely. I know that spraying the birds with a solution of Oxine helped, but that can get expensive. Casport, any thoughts?