A warm bath with baby oil ---- no more mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nlbeardmore, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. nlbeardmore

    nlbeardmore Chirping

    Jun 27, 2011
    I tried everything by searching on BYC and the net for weeks to try and rid my chicken of mites and feather fleas, 2 different powders and neither worked so i thought right im going to bath her... And it worked! The majority of mites have all gone, she will be having another bath in a few days to get the leftovers off! All i did was put some baby oil into the water and then showered her off afterwards!

    Did people already know about this.. if not i thought i would share my success!

  2. math ace

    math ace Crowing

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    I usually dip my birds in Adams PLUS flea and tick dip. . . .

    Keep in mind that just like the head lice that people get, poultry lice and mites will come back and re-infest your bird if you don't follow up with the correct re-treatments. 7 to 10 days after you kill treat the birds, YOU MUST re-treat. The second treatment is to get rid of the lice that hatched from eggs that were previously laid.

    On top of retreatments spaced 7 to 10 days apart, you MUST treat the coop area if it is poultry mites. Lice live on the birds, but mites live off the birds. Mites come out at night to feed on the birds while they roost. Once they get a full belly, they hop of the bird and find a dark crack to sleep in. Then the cycle repeats when they get hungry again. You use sevin spray or adams flea and tick PLUS spray on the ground, on the roost bars, underside and cracks of roost bars, cracks of walls, nesting boxes, etc...

    Good luck..
  3. Rural Chic

    Rural Chic Chirping

    Oct 9, 2012
    Fernley, Nevada
    I have heard that diatomaceous earth works too. Look it up on the net. You can use this on their feed to keep the bugs out and in the coop inside and out and nesting area.
    Here is one link that explains it... http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/defaq.html
    There are many more sites. Good luck.
    Oh and I haven't had the fortune to try this yet as i'm still looking for a local dealer. This is at least not a manufactured chemical that will harm my girls or the grounds they play or sleep in.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012
  4. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

    Oct 24, 2009
    Is your chicken greasy now?

    How do you get the oil off the feathers?
  5. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Mites can live in bedding and wood. If your birds are infested it is very likely your coop is also. I would clean really well and dust. Add some DE to your dust baths.

    Retreat in 7 to 10 days to get the eggs that have hatched.
  6. nlbeardmore

    nlbeardmore Chirping

    Jun 27, 2011
    Thankyou for all your comments, sorry i have only just come back on byc. I will retreat her with a bath this week and also put the powder on them to protect long term. This particular chicken is living inside at the moment as she is unwell so her cage is mite free and cleaned regularly however the rest of the flock will take a whole weekend to clean and treat! We have those really good bombs that get rid of most bugs!

    In response to getting the oil out, i only used a few drops in the water and used a very simple animal shampoo to wash her off, she then had a good long rinse with the shower head. She does not feel any different to before. :)

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