I have lice. =(

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jferlisi, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    So today i was out messing with the girls and picked up my girl marge. (she is 1 of 3 that will let me hold her. lol)
    And i noticed she had lice eggs on her feathers around her earlobes. So i thought great, so i looked her all over and she has them bad, i dont know how i didn't notice them before, poor marge she must hate me now. So i dusted her with DE and seperated her from her silkie buddies. She is very much a loaner and doesn't hang out with anyone and runs if they get to close. The other silkies sleep on the roost and she sleeps in a box. I dusted the coop anyway and the box. I will dust the other silkies tonight when i can get them on there roosts. =) Is there anything else i should be doing? I did catch one as she walked into the coop and looked her all over and nothing. I will still dust as a precaution. Marge has not started laying and the roo doesn't get to her. I was going to give her a bath tomorrow cause her feet are a little dirty. Should i still do this or no? Any info will be great thanks.
    ETA - Pic wouldn't so so edited to show it.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012
  2. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Songster

    Jan 15, 2012
    Poplar Bluff , MO
    get some chick-n -dip, fix a 5 gal bucket half full and dip all your chickens
  3. Trefoil

    Trefoil Songster

    Dec 7, 2011
    Hopefully someone else will chip in on this, but I would try ivermectin, applied topically. It should get rid of the lice as well as internal parasites.
  4. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Songster

    Jan 18, 2012
    I just got over a bad case of lice a few weeks ago myself.
    Chances are your other chickens have it as well if she is that badly infested. It took me three times of checking my other hens to find it on them after I found the first one.

    I tried dusting mine with DE for two weeks and it definitely helped, but it did not clear them. I ultimately bought some permethrin spray 0.50% and it cleared them up right away. Now I dust nesting boxes with DE as a preventative. It's much easier to apply then DE and works much faster.
  5. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    Does sevin dust not work?
  6. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Songster

    Jan 15, 2012
    Poplar Bluff , MO
    its hard to keep sevin dust on a chicken long enough to kill them but it works good for their coop and run. dipping the chickens kills the lice and the eggs on them and any that may get back on them before the sevin dust kills them in the lot
  7. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Songster

    Jan 18, 2012
    It's hard to keep ANY dust on chickens long enough for it to be effective. When you put them down they will immediately spread apart their feathers and shake off. It's rather annoying, actually.
  8. lolita117

    lolita117 Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    Hestand, KY
    My dad told me that his mother used to dip her chickens. (This would be around 1940's). I would like to do this too because I know it would be more effective. How do you go about catching all your chickens and doing this? Some of my girls are really skittish and won't let me catch them.

  9. Maev

    Maev Chirping

    Jan 22, 2012
    Yakima, WA
    Where do you get chick-n-dip? I googled it, but it didn't come up with anything. What is it exactly? How do you dip them? Head first? Feet first? Inquiring minds want to know. lol
  10. Idahoegglover

    Idahoegglover In the Brooder

    Jan 9, 2012
    Nampa, Idaho
    Either catch them roosting or what I do is used a large fishing net.


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