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How do you DIP a chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lolita117, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. lolita117

    lolita117 Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    Hestand, KY
    Some of my girl are getting some lice and though I've been using DE as a post counter measure I've decided I need to dip my girls. I bought some concentrated Permethrin livestock and perimeter insecticide. I'll read the label on proper mixing when the time comes but I have some questions on "how to dip a chicken"

    I have 26 hens and some aren't so friendly to just let me pick them up. I bought a chicken catcher thing but I haven't got it yet so I have no idea how easy or not easy that is going to be.

    Do you use a 5 gallon bucket or is a small storage tub better?

    When you dip the chicken, do you immerse their heads?

    I know that if you do immerse the head it would only be for a second, but how long do you keep their bodies in the solution?

    Is their a better time to do this? Morning?

    I know to wait until the temp get a lot warmer. Average day time temp right now are 50's. But would a sunny mid 60's be alright or should I wait until closer to summer when it really starts warming up?

    I also know that whenever I do this if I don't spray the coop/roost/ and perimeter I'm practically inviting the pests to come back, so I'll have that covered when the times comes to.

    Thanks so much for the replies in advance. I've had chickens almost a year now, but have never tempted to dip them.
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2012

  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    I would not dip the heads.

    I have actually not read a thread using a liquid solution for dipping. Does the bottle have directions for dipping? I have read about spraying. The easiest metho[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]d for using permethrin is using the powdered form on the chickens. People put the powder in an old pillow case, and then put the chicken in there up to the neck and hold it closed around the neck. Then they rub and shake the pillow case to apply the powder. [/FONT]

    The easiest time to catch chickens is when they are already roosting at dusk. Chickens have poor night vision, so if it is too dark for them to run away, you can pluck one off of the roost
  3. coleridgedane

    coleridgedane Chirping

    Dec 14, 2011
    Marietta, GA
    Haven't done a search on here, but my mentor has advised me to use Ivermectin for cattle as a drop on. Try a search because I'm sure this has been discussed & would hate for you to stress your chicks too much.
  4. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Songster

    Jan 15, 2012
    Poplar Bluff , MO
    I have dipped many chickens fill a 5 gallon bucket 3/4 full hold your chicken upside down by its legs and just dip it to its legs and pullit right out and release it ...dont hold it under. you will need to catch your chickens before you start and have them in a cage so you dont redip one
  5. lolita117

    lolita117 Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    Hestand, KY
    K. Thanks. I knew people dipped their chickens. My dad said his mom used to do it every spring. but he was a little boy so he didn't remember the mechanics. What I think I'll do, though know they'll hate me for it, I'll close them up in the coop and go in a catch one at a time, take that one outside and dip them then let them go in the yard for the day.

  6. Cari C

    Cari C Chirping

    Dec 2, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    As a vet tech, when we dip dogs/cats, we use a cloth to put the dip on the face & head first, being careful around the eyes. Once you have that done, the rest is an easy dunk with their heads above the liquid level.
  7. Pick a good bright sunny day. Catch your birds and confine them. If you have a lot of birds to dip get a big container like a garbage can. Grip both wings with the thumb and forefinger of one hand at the first wing joint. Now your chickens' wings will kind of look like an angel. With the other hand securely grab both feet. Now sort of stretch the chicken out between both of your hands. Quickly submerse it up to about half way of its neck. Toss aside and repeat. If you are worried about the Permethrin, long rubber trappers gauntlets will keep the dip off of the hand & arm that holds the feet.

  8. btguy

    btguy Chirping

    Dec 19, 2013
    North Mississippi
    i have never actually dipped one. i load my mix in a spray bottle and spray butts after lights out when they wont run away.
  9. Cari C

    Cari C Chirping

    Dec 2, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have 16 chickens and would only be able to catch maybe half of them. I was going to wait until nightfall and get them from their roosts one at a time. I live in Phoenix, it is still in the high 70's at roosting time. Any objections if I did it that way?

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