How often do you dust for mites/lice?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dixiechick, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    How often do you routinely dust for mites/lice? Only when they are present? Or more often to keep them at bay? How much is too much?
     
  2. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I used to do it every couple of weeks as a preventive, but my Avian vet and I chatted about this recently and he is in favor of less dusting ~ say, every 3-4 months unless there is a problem. He didn't cite the toxins in the dust so much as the delicate nature of the bird's respiratory system.

    Hope that info helps. Good luck!
     
  3. geoaware

    geoaware Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ...am I a bad chicken dad? I have never dusted my girls...they don't seem to have a problem...but should I dust them?
     
  4. bUg_Farm

    bUg_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't either. I planned on doing a yearly maintenance. Perhaps I should increase it?
     
  5. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do it twice a year, once in the early spring and once in late fall
     
  6. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    I've never routinely treated for anything. If a problem presents itself, then I deal with it.

    I'm not biologist but I think there may be something to the idea that the over-application of chemicals might lead to the problem target developing resistance to the remedy.

    Wayne
     

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