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Can i give my chickens somthing to fluff in to keep pests and bugs off?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by guineafowlguy, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. guineafowlguy

    guineafowlguy Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking of giving my chickens something to fluff in to kill mites and whatever else might be on them.

    I know they have bugs on them because i saw them.

    I was thinking of giving them seven dust to fluff in. They wouldn't eat any of it would they?

    Or should i give them something else to fluff in?

    What do you guys suggest?

    Thanks
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Don't give sevin to dust in. It's poison.
    However, if you see bugs, dust the birds thoroughly with 5% sevin, completely clean out the coop and nest boxes, dust everything with sevin including cracks and crevices.
    Put in new bedding.
    Sprinkle Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) in all the bedding, roosts and nests.
    Give them a dust bathing area with sand, dry dirt and DE.
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I agree, although I skip the DE. It is a debatable product here.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    DE can ward off crawlies but not thwart an intact infestation.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I dump our wood ashes in the run for dust bathing. I've never noticed a problem.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Wood ashes from your fireplace (or a friend's) are great to dust bathe in to keep the cooties off. I collect them all winter and store them, then put them in favorite dust bathing spots around the yard. And they are non-toxic.
     
  7. guineafowlguy

    guineafowlguy Out Of The Brooder

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    I got tones of wood ash :) I could supply them all they needed and than some :)
     
  8. GreatWhiteAfro

    GreatWhiteAfro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would wood ash and sand from my outdoor fire pit be good for them to roll around in? Just curious cause last time I cleaned the pit I saved the ash to use in my garden but it's more benificial for my chicks I'll let them at it!
     

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