How often do I dust them???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickieluver26, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. chickieluver26

    chickieluver26 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How often do I dust my hen with DE she has mites. She is starting to regrow her fathers and looks like shes a chick!!!! I've been doing it once a week but I'm worried that its not enough.
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Mites can be very hard to get rid of and you may have a hard time clearing up a case of mites with only DE. It can be helpful in prevention but to treat an actual mite outbreak you are better off using a good poultry dust or sevin dust. You need to thoroughly treat the coop and all birds on the premises every 7 to 10 days as that is the hatch cycle. And keep doing so until you stop seeing mites. Spraying the coop with Sevin is very effective, easy to get it in all the nooks and crannies where they hide. Remove all bedding when you treat. It can be a real battle but you really want to clear up the mites as they can really take a toll on your birds health, even causing death if there is extreme infestation.
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Since you've been dusting your hen with DE once a week with no effect, it's time to switch to sevin dust. Once you use sevin dust, redust your hen again 7-10 days later. You also have the dust the inside of the coop and nests as well, then repeat again in 7-10 days.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    X2! DE doesn't work, I know, I tried it.

    -Kathy
     

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