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Ivermectin v Permethrin v Frontline- lice and mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Speckledfarmer, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Speckledfarmer

    Speckledfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all, I have 16 hens co-infected with lice and mites. From reviewing previous threads, I have narrowed my treatment down to Ivermectin topical v Permethrin spray v Frontline spray with a repeat dose in 7-10 days. What has worked for you?
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Everyone has an opinion or preference when treating for lice/mites.


    I'll give you my opinion - I would use a Permethrin base poultry dust or spray. To me is has more uses - it can be used to treat bedding, nesting boxes and housing as well as the chickens. I would purchase one that is approved for use in poultry.

    Ivermectin is supposed to be good, but it is more $$ and is used only to treat the chicken - I can't see using it to treat the coop/bedding.

    Frontline spray, I have read where people do use it, that is up to them - I don't know about the active ingredient in it and how it works for poultry.

    Personally I prefer to use products that are labeled for poultry whenever possible. That is not always the case, but most poultry dusts/sprays are readily available online and at local feed stores.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1151513/pesticides-approved-for-poultry
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I would use permethrin on the chickens and the coop.
     
  4. Speckledfarmer

    Speckledfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both!
     
  5. Speckledfarmer

    Speckledfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If repeating every 7 days, how many weeks in a row would you treat with permethrin?
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    First I would go with recommended treatment instructions on the packaging label.

    A "general rule" would be treat 2x (7 day increments) after the initial application, but each product is a little different, so read your label.
     

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