Disease & infestation prevention

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Koolaid, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Koolaid

    Koolaid Out Of The Brooder

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    Do any of ya'll use anything on a regular basis to prevent the infestation of lice, mites, etc? I have not noticed anything on my chickens yet but I'd rather be proactive and try to prevent it. Thanks.
     
  2. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

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    I use sevin when I clean the pens every 3 weeks and I put it in the nest boxes too. I also dust the birds every few months.I also use oxine to fog the coop 2 times a year to kill bugs. I use ivermection pour on as well. I drop it on the back of the base of the neck.I have dealt with nasty mites and before you know it they are out of controll and your birds go down hill fast. Its hard to see them sometimes. I would rather be safe than sorry. Good luck!
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  3. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    In the summer time, I add a little Sevin dust into their dust bathing areas(learned that from someone on here).
    Also, I keep Poultry Protector and when I'm sitting outside with them, I'll have it on hand and just spray them as they walk by. They don't care for the "sneak attack", but it's for their own good. [​IMG]
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't hesitate to use sevin once or twice a year but for more frequent prevention I feel better using pyrethrin/permethrin dust or spray.
     
  5. Koolaid

    Koolaid Out Of The Brooder

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    Good info - thanks ya'll.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I sprinkle food grade DE (Diatomaceous Earth) in the nests and occasionally on the birds themselves. It absolutely MUST be food grade, though. Have never had an infestation in over five years with chickens.
     

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