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DE for lice??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HomeSweetFarm, Aug 12, 2016.

  1. HomeSweetFarm

    HomeSweetFarm Just Hatched

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    Does red lake DE from TSC help control lice on chickens if put in a litter oan for a dust bath? If so, should I mix it with anything?
     
  2. kajira

    kajira Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You can - some people swear by it, other's avoid it like the plague.

    Here's what I can say - do your research. Try it out if you feel like it. If it doesn't work, find other solutions. If it DOES work, great.

    Everyone has an opinion. I use DE to get rid of cutter/fire ants when other stuff doesn't work. So far, I haven't used it on my chickens... but I would use it before I tried other chemicals - but carefully. It can be toxic if breathed into their lungs, so I wouldn't use so much they'd hurt their lungs.
     
  3. HomeSweetFarm

    HomeSweetFarm Just Hatched

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    Do you think I should mix it with sand or dirt?
     
  4. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Hi! Yep, DE is very polarizing, some people say it will help with parasites (internal and external) and others say it is ineffectual and poses a threat to respiratory health. Here are a few articles about it. Article 1, Article 2. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  5. kajira

    kajira Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Our dog breeder we got our american bulldog from - swore by DE as a tick prevention if dusted weekly. LOL

    I prefer to give them the chewable tabs... and dust around the yard, house, etc. I don't like them breathing it in.
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't want to inhale it either!!! Mary
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    It didn't work or me, so I say take it back and ask for a refund.

    -Kathy
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Read the label very carefully, all over, some of Red Lake products(if not all) is mostly clays...very little DE in them.
    And DE won't kill a lice infestation, use powder with permethrin.
     

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