Lice and mites help!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LeslieG87, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. LeslieG87

    LeslieG87 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,
    I'm so frustrated. Seems every few months I check my flock to find lice and or mites again.
    I've tried it all, from the holistic approach to full blown chemical warfare....seems I'm always fighting it. Any advice or tips to keep the bugs at bay is greatly appreciated!
    I rarely if ever add new birds to my flock, and if I do, I make sure there bug free. I use only pine shavings and change the litter in my coops regularly...
    Thanks!!
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    do they have access to a good dust bath area?
     
  3. LeslieG87

    LeslieG87 Out Of The Brooder

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    Honestly no except for when they get out to free range. Could this help?
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes it would indeed! chickens take dist bathes to clean themselves and to keep the lice and mites off
     
  5. LeslieG87

    LeslieG87 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!! Any recipe for a mix? I have some DE on hand. Thanks fellow Virginian :)
     
  6. ambergds

    ambergds Out Of The Brooder

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    I use and old tire filled with dirt and wood ash in my chickens run for them to dust bathe in. The chickens love it! [​IMG]
     
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  7. LeslieG87

    LeslieG87 Out Of The Brooder

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    Very cool!!
     
  8. CluckerCottage

    CluckerCottage Chillin' With My Peeps

    Clean wood ash and DE seems to be the best combination for us.
     
  9. LeslieG87

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    Just filled an old rubber feed bin, the really big kind, 1/2 way with wood ash and DE. Hope the girls like this :) thanks for the help y'all
     
  10. Lisa Wood

    Lisa Wood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am just sticking my nose in here. I just dont get how chickens think dirt "cleans" them? I get they are controlling mites and lice. But for the cleaning part, why dont they choose water like other burds?
     
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