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Chickens with lice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OSUman, May 28, 2009.

  1. OSUman


    Apr 17, 2009
    Central Illinois
    i know that you can make a duct bath but how do you make one i have no idea and i found lice crawling on the chicks HELP
  2. I use either Sevin dust(you can buy this at walmart or home depot in lawn and garden) or Adam's flea and tick spray(pet section). Dust or spray them down--be careful not to get in the eyes or in the vent. Get under the wings and base of the tail as that is the lice favorite spots and do this ASAP! Chicken mites/lice can cause a chicken to become anemic very quickly as they bite and suck their blood.
  3. OSUman


    Apr 17, 2009
    Central Illinois
    how do you make a dust bath?
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    to make a dust bath box do this
    take 3 lbs of sand or soil and add a cup of sevin dust or DE
    and they will dust in it

    add newly items again in a week

    also I would clean out the chicken coop with the following

    sounds like you need to clean and delouse the chicken houses

    I really believe it is some kind of feather mite
    give the chickens after cleaning and spraying the coop this
    2 tbsp of ACV in a gallon of water

    also some feed it to all chickens
    wet mash probiotic
    1 qt of dry crumbles
    1/4 cup of yoguart
    1-1/2 qt of milk any kind
    mix good and feed each adult chicken 3 tbsp of wet mash probiotic

    *****I also would take a look at the chicken house and see if any of the building has split boards or knot holes as the mites live there and feed on the birds
    thus you can paint the spots of the building with

    1 qt of kerosene
    1 qt of mineral oil
    with paint brush apply to the roosts and knot holes and cracks in the boards

    also clean the bedding out of the building and put seven 5% on the floor before putting the beding in

    this wetmash probiotic will build up their systems as the mites and lice have depleted their blood system a lot
  5. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    To use DE here is information

    FIRST WEAR A MASK when handling the DE, like putting it on the chickens floor
    or making a dust box with it
    3 lbs of sand or soil
    1 cup of de makes good dust box when they get older
    I would think it could be stored in the sack in a garbage can with lid
    then the moisture won't get to it

    It will not harm the chicks but as you wear a mask maybe don't throw it around crazy like
    but be more careful when putting it down as they will be in there

    I think that I would do a section like 1/4 of the coop and then after the De put the beding on this amt
    then go from there to finish the De and bedding

    as the chicks will tend to stay in the new bedding on the floor
    while you are putting the rest down
    always keep the DE then bedding between you and the chicks

    It is 2 parts DE and 8 part feed every day
    if using a cup measure then do that

    any questions email me


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