dusting for lice and mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bcross, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. bcross

    bcross New Egg

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    When should I worry about dusting for lice and mites and what should I use for it?
     
  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just check them occasionally and I prefer seven dust.
    sharon
     
  3. bcross

    bcross New Egg

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    thankyou
     
  4. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually keeping them a dustbath will keep the lice and mites away. You can add DE to the dust bath and will help in preventing them but if you do get them treat with Seven dust. DE will not work on an infestation. Check periodically around tail and vent area and rub your hand across the roosts. If it turns red you probably have mites.
     
  5. Sassy1967

    Sassy1967 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for this post/question! I was wondering the same thing. I see our chickens taking their usual dirt bath, but wondered if I need to add some 7 Dust in their bathing area to ensure that we prevent mites and lice.
    Thanks again!
     

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