1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

D.E. for Mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by blueoval1, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. blueoval1

    blueoval1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    852
    0
    149
    Oct 21, 2008
    Raleigh N.C.
    I bought some chickens that had mites, The seller informed me of the problem but I thought it would be an easy fix, I am having trouble ridding my flock of mites. I have tried dust and liquid permecthrin(spelling) but it is not working. I thought about using DE or if any one had any other suggestions?
     
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    5,227
    285
    288
    May 6, 2010
    Tucson
    My Coop
    Are you treating the roosting area and coop as well? DE is best used as a preventative rather than a curative substance.
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

    3,081
    53
    269
    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    DE works sometimes as a preventative. Once they are infested DE has never worked for me. The last time I used Ivomec. I needed to worm the birds anyway. Using the 1% Cattle injectable Ivomec I placed 4-7 drops on each bird depending on size. I have even used it on 2 week old chicks that got some internal parasite. They were bantams. I used a 22 gauge needle to get a drop half the size of normal and gave 1-2 per chick. Normally I use a syringe to pull the ivomec from the bottle and then remove the needle to do the drops. I apply to the skin at the base of the neck on their back. You have to make sure it is on the skin and not stopped by the feathers.

    2 years ago this also got rid of my never ending battle with LICE. This was the only thing that put an end to the birds infestation of those nasty little bugs.

    Matt
     
  4. CarolAnn

    CarolAnn Chillin' With My Peeps

    381
    0
    99
    Aug 23, 2010
    Kansas
    My birds don't have mites so far, but last month I bought a 50# bag of DE and I use it in the nest boxes and the floor litter. I also sift some onto their feed about once a week to take care of internal pests.
     
  5. chikky

    chikky Chillin' With My Peeps

    323
    0
    119
    Jun 13, 2009
    Glenmont, Ohio
    Quote:Do you think Ivomec would take care of scaly leg mites? My frizzle rooster has them and I can't seem to get them gone for good either. I've tried many topical applications of vaseline, baby oil and the like.
    Thanks!
     
  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    5,227
    285
    288
    May 6, 2010
    Tucson
    My Coop
    Quote:The Merck Vet. Manual says this about scaly leg mites: "Individual birds should be treated with oral or topical ivermectin." Good luck.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by