how can i get rid of chicken fleas????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mamagallina, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. mamagallina

    mamagallina Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2009
    We got an infestation of fleas in my coup, I was thinking of using sevin dust in the coop and in the 4 month old chicks but there are babies just hatching since yesterday:) and I'm afraid it could harm them. And what for the quails? Any ideas?
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

  3. hoveringtoo

    hoveringtoo New Egg

    Mar 7, 2009
    Chicken fleas are not at all the same as lice or mites, but can be treated about the same as Red Mites. Basically it's a combination of Malathion spray, Malathion bath and Sevin dust. Really kinda complicated and a serious issue if your chickens have them. I recommend you Google "chicken fleas" and especially read the SUITE101.COM article about chicken infestations and treatments. I'm dealing with the same problem as we speak on my chickens and turkeys. Good Luck and keep us posted on your results.
  4. bubbabaloo

    bubbabaloo New Egg

    Jul 30, 2009
    Lakeland, FL
    I too have developed a recent problem with this pesky pest. I'm gonna try the suite 101 tips with the olive oil .... I'll keep posted whether or not that worked.
  5. PeepsInc

    PeepsInc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    NY Tri State region
    I didn't know chickens could get flees. [​IMG]

    I wonder if there those tiny snow flees? I see them all over the melting snow in the winter. They eat algae!
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2009
  6. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

    Nov 2, 2008
    DE should deal with this problem as it will kill all pests.

    Just dust your girls with it and after cleaning the coup and possibly disinfecting and treating it put down some DE powder along with your wood shavings or whatever you use to cover the floor or in nest boxes.
  7. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

    Nov 2, 2008
    Ohh I forgot you can also dust yoru run with it and it should deal with any problems you have there.

    DE is Diatomaceous Earth. Hang on I will check the spelling just to make sure. Yep that is right, it is totally natural and will work on internal and external parasites in poultry and other animals.
  8. celinabella

    celinabella New Egg

    Nov 23, 2010
    I believe "snow fleas" are actually collembola or springtails and not a flea, mite, tick or anything like that.
  9. gypsychicken

    gypsychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2010
    Sonoma County
    Cleaned out the coop, covered the girls twice, no result. ..$25
  10. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Bath time! Using flea and tick shampoo. While everyone is out of the coop, close it up and bug bomb it.

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