Dusting for Mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by redonthehead, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. redonthehead

    redonthehead Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering if anyone has some tried and true methods for dusting your chickens for mites? Tips/tricks/advice?

    Thanks as always for the help! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011
  2. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's a great video on YouTube here:


    He calls it "powdering" instead of dusting.
    I used "Sevin" which I bought a Home Depot I think. Worked just fine.
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I switched over to Permethrin 10% spray. It's easier to apply then dusting. Just mix up a batch in a pump sprayer and spray down the birds at night when they roost. Residue lasts about 28 days on the birds. I alternate between that and pour on ivermectin. The layers I only use the Permethrin on. TSC has it.
     
  4. I had a nasty outbreak of mites once. Just be careful when dusting or spraying small chicks. Ive lost 2 because their little bodies were too small to handle such a large dose of the stuff. I used the ivermectin spray and dusted their roosts with permethrin powder.
     
  5. sshavney

    sshavney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been using DE and have not been happier. The food grade DE is safe, safe,safe! Worked within minutes of putting on them. I use it for the dust bath as well. I get mine at the feed store.
     
  6. mandereli

    mandereli Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't know there was a Permethrin spray.. sounds less messy. Anyway, for my two cents, I take old pantyhose and cut off the leg, I put the Permethrin powder in there, tie a knot. Since the nylon has elasticity, it makes it easy to "bounce" it all over the bird, it helps with applying just the right amount. Someone else holds the bird while I lift up the feathers and "powder puff" them. I start with the head and work down. Good luck!
     
  7. redonthehead

    redonthehead Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks a ton for all the info. The spray definitely sounds easy - sounds like I wouldn't need to do it one bird at a time... I'm not entirely sure wha I could get here, but I'll check out our local feed store and see what they offer.. can I get the Permethrin spray at a feed store or is it something only available through a vet or something like that?

    Thanks a ton! Loved the video - it was a huge help!

    Jane [​IMG]
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Ivermectin SPRAY?
     
  9. ky-chicken-farmer

    ky-chicken-farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    i mix up the permethrin liquid in a garden sprayer and when i clean the coop i will spray the floor and all the wood interior and make sure i spray all the cracks really well. Then monthly i will spray just the roosts and and cracks and corners. I still use permthrin dust on the hens I use an old Dawn bottle to squirt a lil dust under the wings and vent. Throw in sum DE in the nests and dust baths. Ive been pretty lucky with this Proactive approach
     
  10. ky-chicken-farmer

    ky-chicken-farmer Out Of The Brooder

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    i mix up the permethrin liquid in a garden sprayer and when i clean the coop i will spray the floor and all the wood interior and make sure i spray all the cracks really well. Then monthly i will spray just the roosts and and cracks and corners. I still use permthrin dust on the hens I use an old Dawn bottle to squirt a lil dust under the wings and vent. Throw in sum DE in the nests and dust baths. Ive been pretty lucky with this Proactive approach
     

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