Delousing question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by horsechick, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. horsechick

    horsechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    Cost of showing..grrrr
    After you clean everyone, how do you get rid of any eggs sacks on feathers? I don't think you could use a "nitt" comb to remove them..without pulling feathers out? I don't think if I did they would be fully grown in by 1st week of august?
    We are using Adams flea, tick, lice shampoo on everyone, at least once a week for a couple weeks, (extra care), and using sevin dust and sevin spray.
    Thank you for any suggestions.
    MUCH appreciated
  2. TinyBirds

    TinyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2009
    For the nits, you can put on some olive-oil on your hand and on the bird, and hand-pull each grouping of nits off from near the feather shaft, trying not to pull the feather out at the same time (if planning to show them as in your case). It takes awhile doing one feather at a time, but usually the nits are just in particular areas rather than covering the entire bird.

    Oh, and neem oil works amazing for killing the bugs. Just put a few drops on the back of the neck, under the wings, and near the vent, and 3 days later all bugs are dead. It does have a strong smell but I've even used it on chicks with no harm to them. I think it kills the nits too over time, but if you need to remove them for show pretty fast, without the strong smell of the neem oil, I would do that by hand with the olive oil. But probably at least a week or two before the show, so it has time to get back to normal after the oiling. I guess you could wash it again afterward. I don't know. Sorry I haven't done it for a show before, but just because we didn't like the look of the nits on our favorite rooster :)

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