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

    Dec 3, 2007
    Southern Maine 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

    Oct 24, 2008
    On a mountain
    I haven't either. I planned on doing a yearly maintenance. Perhaps I should increase it?
  5. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I do it twice a year, once in the early spring and once in late fall
  6. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    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.


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