Getting rid of mites or lice.....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by missedi, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. missedi

    missedi Hatching

    Mar 7, 2007
    Recently I posted a question about my chickens having red balled places on their butts and a bit on their backs too. I have 33 chickens and have never had a bug problem. This may seem odd, but I don't even know what to put on them to get rid of the bugs. Everyone has different ideas about pesticides and what-not. I just want something that will do the job....safely.
    Anyone got a good remedy? Only the pen with my youngest layers have this problem. Would it be safe to just treat them and not the rest?
    Thanks a bunch for any tips.
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    Food grade DE. Apply directly as dust and add it to their favorite dusting hole.

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  3. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    You might as well treat everyone. It won't hurt, and you never know if those little buggers made it over to your other birds.
  4. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    You can get Frontline for Lice and Mites for poultry, to apply directly on them. I believe you can get it online at First State Vet Supply ( if nowhere else. I haven't tried it yet. DE is the best thing for the dust box, I've been told.
  5. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Hi, if you can get some wood ashes for your birds it works quite well for mine. get an area so they can dust. Make sure they're not hot & put it where the ashes won't get wet.
    If you have bugs on your birds you need to clean their coop as well & DE is good to use in the coop or on your birds.

  6. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    missedi, While it's important to rid your chickens of the different vermin. I choose to use 5% sevin dust and have had no problems with it. It seems that changes have been made as far as what's considered safe to use. Here is a link in regards to the use of frontline, you make your own decision.

  7. missedi

    missedi Hatching

    Mar 7, 2007
    Thanks for the all the info. on how to get rid of bugs on my girls.
    Hopefully I'll see some fluffy butts in no time at all.
    I've heard the phrase " red as a chickens behind" all my life, but never really understood it til my girls got a case of ' red chicken behind '.
    Thanks everyone!
  8. Wes in Tx

    Wes in Tx Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Just to be clear for everyone reading this. FRONTLINE and ADAMS FLEAN AND TICK sprays are NOT approved for use on your birds and you can be fined by the Federal Government for do such.

    Also if you try to find out what is approved for use on your birds to combat mites and lice you will have to search your STATE EPA site.

    Here is a link to get you started
  9. chicknmania

    chicknmania Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    WES, just Frontlline not approved because of risk from eating the treated chicken's meat or eggs? Just wondering, cause as I understand it there are directions with the Frontline spray for treating poultry...or are they referring to other types of birds?
  10. Marion

    Marion Songster

    Feb 21, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    I was very interested in the use of Frontline on my birds and went to check it out on the web... I found this at First State Vet Supply's site..

    Frontline Spray

    Newer insecticide very effective against mites. Must be put directly on skin of birds. Seems to have a long residual life.

    Includes complete directions for use on POULTRY.

    I also investigated the maker of Frontline's site and it said very clearly there that it was for dogs and cats, no mention of birds of any sort... so I emailed First State and asked what were the complete directions and what was the withdrawl time, if any, for egg consumption or even use of the birds for meat. The reply I received said...

    Hey Marion,
    While the description says it is for use on Poultry we do have a disclaimer in the terms of use section about use on animals for food purposes.

    The directions for Frontline that we supply are ones that we have developed here over the last several years. It is my understanding that frontline is not absorbed through the skin and therefore should not have any effect on the eggs.

    Since it would be used off label no one can legally tell you about whether or not it is safe to eat the eggs as no research has been done to prove the withdrawal time or any thing like that.

    If I can be of further service. please ask
    So I checked their terms of use section and this is what it says....
    23. Product Disclaimer.

    Every effort has been made by First State Vet Supply to insure the accuracy of the information presented on this site. The products presented for sale on this site are not intended for human use and will not knowingly be sold under any circumstances for that purpose. Products sold on this site are in no way intended to be used on animals in use for human food production of any kind. No information given on this site should be considered a medical opinion of any kind and any remedy suggested should be checked out with your Veterinarian before proceeding. However, it remains your responsibility to become familiar with the products that you are purchasing. Please consult your Veterinarian if you have any questions.

    So I guess the answer is to do what you think is best... personally I won't be taking chances with my birds although I have never found a product that was as completely wonderful in ridding dogs and cats of fleas as Frontline is and I wouldn't hesitate to use or recommend it for your furry four legged pets!

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