Alternative Lice/Parasite Removal Questions

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ThornyRidge, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Does anyone have any good suggestionson lice prevention/extermination.. I have tried the dust baths, the dusting of the chickens and coop.. it seems like an endless task that does not get rid of every little pest and is so messy and turns very ugly most of the time.. I nkow with my goats they allg et an oral drenching of injecable ivomec for cattle/swine and that not only kills off some internal parasites but it takes care of the lice on the outside as well.. it isno muss no fuss.. is there a method such as that for chickens.. also that would not interfere or have short withdrawal time for egg layers with eggs being used for human consumption and cooking..
  2. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    ivermectin (ivomec) can also be used for the same thing in chickens. lots of people use it that way, you can search the forum for info on this. as for withdrawal times for eggs- there are no drugs other than the topicals that have a published withdrawal time. ivermectin is off label for chickens period. withdrawal time is for life by default. you can guess on it, or go with other's guesses. revolution works too, but very off label. the pyrethrin powder (poultry dust) or carbaryl powder (sevin) should be effective (and labeled as such)- but you need to treat everyone at the same time, and do it again in 2 weeks, and may need to continue if you have a bad problem. most people just do not do it often enough. or they keep getting re-infected from elsewhere. the powder kills adult lice on contact, but not the eggs, which will hatch in a few weeks and restart the infestation.
  3. powerline

    powerline In the Brooder

    Nov 16, 2008
    To prevent infestations of external parasites, try using garlic oil with saoked oats. Give it about 1x per week.
  4. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Yorkshire, Ohio
    I would recommend Food Grade DE Powder. Put it on the coop floor and in the nesting boxes.

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