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lice eggs? will they remain on the feathers even after treatment?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kayri, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. kayri

    kayri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found that one of my chickens had lice in September and since then I have dusted her twice with poultry dust and dosed her with ivermectin twice (through the skin) cleaned the coop and sprayed it down 4 times with permethrin and once with bleach. Her vent feathers still have the lice egg clusters on them but I'd bet money that she doesn't have lice anymore.

    Does anyone know if the lice eggs will just stay on the feathers if they are not viable? If they are on there should I assume they are viable? I looked at them under a microscope but since I don't know what I'm looking at, it didn't really help me. Does anyone have experience with this?
     
  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    don't know the kind of chicken you have, but i bathed my silky in dawn when the lice were really bad- also someone suggested flea shampoo, and then i brush her daily to try to get them off of her. I also have cut the feathers where they are the worst. I haven't seen any more lice, so i must have killed the eggs. The glue they use to lay them is tough to get out- told hubby those lice must use super glue! seems like they are easier to get off after a bath
     
  3. kayri

    kayri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your answer. I don' t think she has any lice on her now, and I guess that I don't necessarily mind the eggs on her if they aren't going to hatch. I don't like them on her, but I am weighing my not liking them on her versus her not liking a bath. I cut off the feathers with the most eggs on them and I have them in a plastic container. I'll keep an eye on them and see if they hatch or not. ..

    Kay
     

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