Chicken Fleas?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickemee, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do chickens have fleas or little bugs or something living on them? I was carring around ginger, my NHR and now there are little white bugs that I can occasionaly feel walking on me.
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    if they are white, I would guess lice. Chicken (sticktight) fleas are biggish, dark, and I don't think they'd be walking on you; mites are common and would walk on you but are mostly greyish/brownish or red.

    Pat
     
  3. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What should I do to get rid of them?
     
  4. Omeletta

    Omeletta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dust mine with diatomaceous earth, a white powder that kills the lice by scratching their exoskeleton and causing them to bleed out. It doesn't hurt the chicken, or you and is safe. Just try not to inhale the stuff. [​IMG] I got mine at my feed supply store. You need to dust all the chickens, and sprinkle it liberally in the coop, on the roosts and in the nesting boxes. I know it took care of my louse problem!

    They (the lice) are breed specific so will not seek you or any other pet out as a host!

    Tanya
     
  5. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much. I'm not sure if it's DE or not but if my chickens start laying will it effect the eggs or is it something else. Really sorry if it's a dumb question.
     
  6. Omeletta

    Omeletta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's not a dumb question...it is DE, and no, it won't affect your eggs. It is Completely safe. Hope this helps!

    Tanya
     
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Quote:We use food grade DE

    I just use a flour sifter to spread it over the pine shavings, throw some scratch on top, and let the birds mix in the DE with the shavings. In doing this, they are also dusting themselves with the DE. We've not any problems with lice or mites.

    Hope this helps!

    Dawn
     
  8. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone I really apreciate it.
     

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