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lice dander?bv

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by artsyrobin, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    hi everyone, i spent most the day de-licing my silkie pullet- she has a bad leg, so can't preen well. So i began brushing what i thought was dust off her, to find it was lice- so i got them cleared off of her, baths and oil, but that leaves the dander- how do i get it off? i've trimmed her head feathers, but an still having problems getting it off

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  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    You might could use a very soft bristled baby toothbrush and lightly massage her scalp with it.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    A few more washings and maybe a tooth brush may help, else time will have them fall out. That said, watch out for any pin feathers, they naturally have a "dander" about them that comes off when the feather is mature, and if you break it too low, it can cause the feather to bleed.
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Perhaps a good wash in some Dawn detergent and use a soft tooth brush to scrub. It will also help take off the oil residue.
     
  5. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    well, it looks like the dawn is helping break them down, but i will be careful with them - my tendancy is to keep working on it, but if they have dried out, are the eggs dead? i did dust her with permethin, and her flock mates-
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    No, the eggs are still very much alive. That is why you need to retreat in a week to 10 days--you may need to keep doing this for awhile.

    There are a few products that will kill the eggs, but most won't.
     
  7. artsyrobin

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    ok, she was so infested, i am really shocked- how fast does it take for them to matt the feathers around the wattles? thats where i am working on her now, at first i thought i could just comb them out, after applying dawn and waiting a little bit they are loosening up, and she doesn't mind the laptime, should i be bathing her routinely also? i have only had her a month, and she had an old leg injury when i got her, that is slowly getting better, but she hasn't been able to preen well, not able to stand on her left leg- i have videos on flickr- anyway, was thinking maybe that might have contributed to the problem

    here is the link to her pics and videos

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgortonart/sets/72157621771410087/
     

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