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Any sort of natural treatment for chickens w/lice & mites??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PuppyBantamCochin, May 24, 2010.

  1. PuppyBantamCochin

    PuppyBantamCochin Songster

    Apr 19, 2010

    I've got a big bug problem.
    A month ago all except one of our six hens stopped laying. They are all over a year old, didn't show any signs of molt, etc., but i noticed one of them was losing weight like 2wks ago.
    So...I checked them for bugs...and I saw a bunch of these little round, light-brown bugs crawling in their feathers. My mom went a bought some mite powder, but I was hoping that before I used it, I could find a more natural treatment, cuz that stuff is toxic to people.
    After making sure the chickens had better access to dust baths, I checked them a week later, and now they have silver-white colored bugs crawling on them. Lice?
    Aggh....anyway, does anybody know if there's some type of treatment that doesn't involve using a bunch of chemicals on the birds?

    Thanks so much!

  2. DTRM30

    DTRM30 Songster

    May 25, 2009
    Someone else has posted a mix of stuff to use, I don't know what it is off hand. But I do know diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide - and is non-toxic / edible if you get the food grade. Put it in with their dust bath sand. I have had trouble finding it where I am, so don't have any. Will probably end up getting it on-line somewhere.

    I just recently found lice on my girls - funny thing - I was just talking to someone about it and had said, "geez, I haven't had any trouble with them " and here I am a month later ... [​IMG]

    I ended up using poultry dust. It was easy, but took two people. One to hold the chicken and the other to dust. I got a good idea off of here as well for that - put it in an old pantyhose stocking - and use it like a poweder puff. That worked very well.
    Dust under their wings, around their vent - (I actually did their backs too - I saw the little creepy crawlies there sooo ....) -
    then do it again in about 10 days, and again at 20 days - to get any that hatch from the egg deposits.

    If you do a search on this site for organic lice treatment - you should be able to find some good alternative methods. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 24, 2010

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