Getting rid of lice & mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickcrazzy, Aug 15, 2014.

  1. chickcrazzy

    chickcrazzy Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know if my chickens have lice or not because they won't be still when I try to check so just in case what are some home remedies to get rid mites, lice & bugs???
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Wood ashes for dust bathing or in their dust bath will help control them, but for eradication, you need to buy an insecticide like Sevin or a permethrin type product, and treat their litter and coop a well as them:

    http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8162.pdf
     
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    Ok thanks @Judy for the info I appreciate the help! Can I put sevin on my 6 month old chicks? And can I still eat the eggs while using sevin on them?
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    You should be able to tell whether the bugs are actually present, if you check out the link, and check the birds, probably after dark, with a flashlight and a friend. Also check the underside of the roost during the day; one type hides there, then gets on the bird at noght. I would use the Sevin 5% on chicks, myself, if I were quite sure the bug were there, because an infestation of the wrong kinds can suck so much bloood they get sick or even die if extreme. What I have actually done the last few years is dust the nests, areas under the roosts and the dusting areas every few weeks. I've never actually seen bugs or dusted birds -- but these bugs are everywhere, wild bird have them, and I don't believe for a minute that just becaue I couldn't find them meant there were absolutely none present.

    There is supposed to be a 3 week withdrawal period for eggs after using Sevin. I've never bothered, and know of several other "old timers" who don't. I wouldn't sell egg for eating for 3 weeks after using Sevin, though -- just in case, just to be safe. You never know who is allergic to what, for one thing. Just my opinion -- you'll have to do things your own way, of course.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks for the information!!!!
     
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We eat the eggs too.
     

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