Lice - Is DE a good method to kill?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by imthedude, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. imthedude

    imthedude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few of our birds have lice. Do you guys use DE or something else to control the little critters?
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Sevin dust.
     
  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    DE does help to keep them at bay, but I would dust them well with Sevin first. Some folks use ivermectin, oil-based injectable but don't inject it. Put one drop between their shoulders and one just above their vent. It will keep lice and mites away...
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I did use DE to kill lice on a rooster I bought years ago. It worked just fine. My flock has never had lice and didn't want them to get them, of course. I use DE in all nests and on occasion, dust the birds with it, but if I had more than a couple birds with lice, I think I'd go for the poultry dust or spray (pet stores carry lice/mite spray).
     
  5. imthedude

    imthedude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i checked three or four of them today and found one buff with them but didn't see them on the rest of the girls. i'll give the DE a try and give the coop and nests a good dose. thanks!
     
  6. farmboydj

    farmboydj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use DE and get grate results
     
  7. imthedude

    imthedude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bump......do you also do a "whole coop clean" for lice or just dust the shavings in the coop and nests?
     
  8. littlethorn

    littlethorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my experience, DE helps but is not enough on its own to kill lice or mites. You need to use Sevin or Eprinex to completely wipe them out.

    I am not fond of using chemicals but if it goes on for long enough, mites and such can kill your birds.
     
  9. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, Sevin 5% will do the trick.
     
  10. bragabit

    bragabit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could someone post a picture of what lice (chicken) looks like?
     

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