Lice and chicks?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RCS, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. RCS

    RCS New Egg

    Sep 5, 2008
    We have at the moment 2 spoilt bantams and 3 five week old chicks. I noticed tonight when our wee pekin bantam came to see me that she has some lice. I picked her up to have a good look and this was confirmed. This is not too much of a problem as we have from time to time had to de-louse them with proper stuff from the vet. My question is - Is it Okay to give the chicks the same treatment as the adult bantams?

    Would really appreciate any suggestions
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Yes it is ok but in moderation. I had to do it to the first batch of chicks i hatched under a broody. I noticed some on one of the babies and then inspected the broody and sure enough they were full of them. I took all of them out of the brooder and placed them in a rubbermaid tub, I then cleaned out the brooder and dusted in there with the poultry dust and then took mama hen out and really loaded her up with it and took her outside so she could shake off the excess. I then took the babies one by one and just dabbed my finger (with gloves on) in the powder and gently rubbed it around their vents, back and under wings and bellies. Everyone was just fine.
  3. VenturaChickenMama

    VenturaChickenMama New Egg

    Nov 12, 2008
    I am new to the board, but I wanted to add my one experience with poultry lice. When we brought home our two Millie Fleur cockerels (at 20 days of age), we discovered that they had lice. We did a little research, and I ended up washing them with Dawn dishsoap, soaping them up and getting all the way down to the skin and picking off every one I could find. We did not use any pest-eradicating chemicals of any kinds, and we have never had a recurrence, and the one we still have is now 9 months old, and his 2 offspring just hatched 2 and 3 days ago! Such fun in our house!

    Kim R.
    Ventura, CA
    Wife to Port (12-19-01)
    Mama to Peanut (born safely at home, unassisted, 10-11-04)
    "Mama" to Cory (shepherd mix dog), Godiva (mini-Lop rabbit), and the flock (Girlfriend and her two chicks (Peep and Tweety), Spirit, Mama Horsey, and our one roo, Flicka)
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    The Dawn soap will indeed kill em dead, but you have to remember to repeat when eggs hatch before they mature and lay new eggs.
  5. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    arrghh we have a lice issue too. [​IMG] our two new chicks that we got from someone are literally crawling with lice! [​IMG] so I am interested to see any suggestions here....
    Dawn soap??? wouldn't that be toxic to baby chicks??? [​IMG]

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