found a lice on a loose feather in coop. Help?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by heiditam, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. heiditam

    heiditam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 birds...

    I have checked 4 so far and have not seen any evidence of lice. I am checking around vent but I suspect I should also check under wings as the one I saw was white, long and narrow.

    Anyhow...While cleaning out coop I found this lice on a loose feather in coop. I will treat ALL the chickens just to be safe, but...

    1. what should I treat them with? I think it is wing lice.

    2. I use sand, which is mostly PDZ...do I need to switch out the bedding? That is ALOT of heavy stuff to haul away. Is there a way to treat the pdz/sand? Please say there is. :( This will be costly if not. :(

    3. They are dust bathing under coop-I threw some DE I got at feed store under there today to add some dust to the dust...

    4. Anything else?
     
  2. KGreene

    KGreene Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed mine doing more scratching around the head and neck and shaking their heads.....I built a small 3X4 ft. box in the corner of their run and filled it (50/50) with fine loamy soil and ashes from a brush pile I recently burned.... They were literally trying to get into it while I was filling it, and have been using it regularly on a daily basis. I also treated the coop and roosts with white vinegar (about 75% vinegar, 25% water in a spray bottle)......I haven't seen them scratch their heads once since they've been using this and, if there are lice on them...I can't find them.

    Just my two cents.
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2014

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