HELP! Silkie ate about 10 flies covered in permethrin bug spray!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lepoulet, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. lepoulet

    lepoulet Out Of The Brooder

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    Help! One of my silkies raced over after I sprayed a bunch of cluster flies with permethrin bug spray and ate them! I syringed some water into her and tried to make her vomit, but nothing came up. Now she is going over to lay an egg so not very active. I made a plate of veggies for her to try to "dilute" the poison, but I am at a loss. There is no antidote for permethrin. Has anyone ever had this happen? I am panicking bigtime. This is our #1 girl, of course.

    Thanks so much everyone.
     
  2. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    A little permethrin won't hurt her, but I don't know how much she got. A good flushing may be needy.

    1 teaspoon of Epson salt dissolved in
    1 ounce of water.

    A couple droppers, about 3 CC, of this should clean her out fairly quickly. Other then that just make sure she keeps eating and drinking and watch her behavior.

    Matt
     
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  3. lepoulet

    lepoulet Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, I just found the LD50 on Permethrin in birds, and it is quite high:

    "The oral LD50 for the permethrin formulation, Pramex is >9,900 mg/kg in mallard ducks, in pheasants is >13,500 mg/kg, and >15,500 mg/kg in Japanese quail"

    so I'm not as worried at this point. Long term experiments with permethrins caused low RBC over a 3 week period according to another study.

    I'll keep an eye on her.

    Thanks much.
     
  4. lepoulet

    lepoulet Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Matt, I will do that now.
     
  5. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have the permethrin fly spray thing on our covered back porch and I am sure some of ours have munched on some dead flies. No problems here [​IMG]
     
  6. lepoulet

    lepoulet Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for your replies. I'm a little overprotective of this one! I gave her the salt mixture and she just dust bathed and ate corn and seems normal.
     

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