Flock has lice

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by gabz44, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. gabz44

    gabz44 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just noticed today my poor buff orphington has lice by her vent and egg sacks. I feel awful for not noticing sooner. The rest of my flock all have a few by their vent but not nearly as bad as my buff. How do you best treat the flock? Also how do I get rid of the egg sacks- do I give her a bath ?
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I use permethrin powder, then re-treat at 7-10 days to get new ones hatching from those egg clusters.
    The egg clusters are rock hard and difficult to get off, don't think a bath will do it.
    Have read of some folks using an oil on them to smother them before they hatch.

    If it's warm where you live, this might be easier than using the powder:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1134783/permethrin-spray
    Wonders if soaking the eggs with the spray would kill them?
     
  3. Jacob Duckman

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    I have successfully used diatomaceous earth for years. Dont let the weird name fool you, it's commonly available under different brands.. At Many Home depots.. Walmarts..gardener.. Tractor supply.. And its cheap.

    You just sprinkle some in their coop, dirt bath pits, and run and a little bit in their food. Keep the area clean and repeat a couple times and every last lice will be gone in a few days.

    Chickens don't need water baths.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2017
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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