I really need some hlep!!! Do my hens have lice????

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  1. jrhodes

    jrhodes Out Of The Brooder

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    I think my hens may have lice. They have little black specks all over ther head and beaks. How do I treat this?
    They have not layed a single egg in 2 months. They went through a molt earlier. Does lice affect their egg laying. Thanks so much for your help!!!!
     
  2. jrhodes

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    oops I meant mites. I work at a school, so I guess I had lice on my mind. LOL
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    From what you described it sounds like they may have some bugs, yes. Some of them to show up as black spots. If you haven't already you should dust the chickens, their coop, bedding, everything with Sevin dust or DE (Diatomaceous Earth). You can shift the ones on their faces with a little sunflower oil. Just watch out for their nostrils and eyes and make sure you get into all the folds and awkward little spots.

    A serious lice/mite/flea infestation can stop them laying yes. But some hens do take long to recover from molting and the short days and few daylight hours is also slowing and stopping production. So it may be that. Dust them anyway, to be on the safe side.

    Here's a good article on mites etc if you want to learn more about them:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-lice-treatment-and-prevention

    Good luck!
     
  4. jrhodes

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    This has been very helpful! Thank you so much for this information!
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    You are welcome [​IMG] Hope your hens lay some eggs for you soon!
     
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    Coconut oil also works well on their faces. :)
     
  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Sumi,

    I didn't know until Fred's Hens mentioned it, but Sevin has been banned for use on poultry.

    I use wood ash to dust my birds for any parasites. Also provide a dust bath pool year round for them to self administer (70% black earth 25% wood ash 5% poop (lol)).

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  8. Gelotri

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    A good dusting with Diatamaceous earth will help control that. I keep a tub full buried at ground level for then them to bath in as they want. They also eat it (it's food-grade) which also helps with intestinal parasites. (I learned that on this site)

    (edit: I also use it on my three German Shepherds for flea and tic control)
     
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  9. Rocky Hill

    Rocky Hill Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Cedar is toxic to chickens.

    It says right on the warnings on the product not to use around
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