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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lovetobake, Oct 25, 2010.
I think one of my chicks has chicken lice but how do I get rid of it?
You can dust the bird with Sevin 5% dust, or a Permectin poultry dust. Dust them under their wings, the vent and their abdomen. Be sure to dust their nesting and roosting area. You will have to repeat the dusting in about a week to be sure they are gone. You can put DE in their area to help prevent future infestations.
When we got a pair of Seramas mailed to us they came fully infested with lice. We used poultry dust which you can get at your local feed store to sprinkle inside their enclosure on their bedding and roosts and also gave them a double bath using saltwater and dawn following a great recipe posted by another BYC member. Here's the link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=146550. There was no further infestation afterwards-it instantly killed the lice and the eggs never hatched. Hope that helps!
So happy I have never had to deal with that...good luck.