chicken lice

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenlover37, May 31, 2012.

  1. chickenlover37

    chickenlover37 Hatching

    May 27, 2012
    does anyone know what the best thing is to use to get rid of chicken lice?
  2. quarrymaster

    quarrymaster In the Brooder

    May 31, 2012
    I use diatomateous earth , ashes from fireplace , and a 2# bag of Sevin . I place it in a 55 gal. drum (plastic that I cut in half . and bury in ground) kills mites , chiggers , ticks etc etc......
  3. You have a lot of options: 1) a warm bath with mild soap 2) dust them with DE (diatomaceous earth), put it in their litter, dust baths and nest box; 3) parasite control sprays for poultry that you can buy at the feed store, and 4) Ivomec (aka ivermectin) - a pest control that is used for cattle & usually comes in an injectible solution that you drop on the skin on their neck, like you would for dogs.

    DE and Ivomec control more than just lice. DE is said to work on worms and mites as well, and Ivomec works on mites and scaley leg mites, but not worms. There is a withdrawal period for Ivomec but I don't know what it is offhand. You'll have to be careful on the dosing, as they can overdose. Lots of info on the boards here abour using DE and about ivermectin. Hope this helps!
  4. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Songster

    Aug 15, 2009
    Modesto, California
    I use frontline for prevention of lice and mites.
  5. KeilFamilyFarm

    KeilFamilyFarm In the Brooder

    We use DE and it works great :) We also use it for our dogs!
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Sevin dust. After the initial dusting, redust them again in 7-10 days. Dust the coop roosts and nests, redust again in 7-10 days. $4.97 for a 1 pound canister at Lowe's.
  7. darin367

    darin367 Songster

    Dec 1, 2010
    Shelton, Wa.
    after you get tired of dusting your birds, takes alot of time, breathing dust etc etc........... you'll buy a bottle of ivermectin pour on for cattle.....get the pour on, not injectable.... 12 bucks, will last years....... get an eye dropper, put 3 or 4 drops on the skin, between wings on back...... that's it your done...... lice, mites, fleas, and worms them........ nothing is quicker or easier or effective......
  8. daproper

    daproper In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2010
    Does anyone know how often you can apply the Ivermectin and how fast it works? We're heading to fair in three weeks and just found out we have lice. Thanks!!
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2012
  9. LilyD

    LilyD Crowing

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bristol, VT
    My Coop
    I am in a similar boat. Have never had any issues with anything since I got chickens. My son was holding his rooster (who never leaves the coop for some odd reason) and had one crawl on his arm. I am wondering if I dust the coop with DE and then dose with the ivermectin how often do I have to reapply it to the birds. Also does the ivermectin mean I have to stop collecting eggs or is it okay to still collect because it's topical?
  10. ChickPrincess

    ChickPrincess Songster

    Jul 6, 2012
    Canandaigua NY
    I'm very curious about this too! Thanks for asking. I'll be following the post. :)

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