Lice - must my neighbors treat their flock? Natural treatments?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by N. Virginia, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. N. Virginia

    N. Virginia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Hi Everyone:
    My neighbors have a lot of chickens (1/2 mile away, so I'm not worried that my chickens will catch anything), and the neighbors won't use chemicals. They report that their chickens all have lice.

    I think in time all their flock could this correct? What should they do?

    If they were my birds I would dose them per usual treatment with chemicals, but the neighbors want to use natural methods. What about diatomaceous earth? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks much,
  2. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    They should dust them all with sevin. Butt,neck,and under the wings. Mix some into their dust bath.Put some on the roost. Not sure DE would work.
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    DE is ineffective. Wood ash is supposed to be very helpful, but if their birds are really infested, they need to bite the bullet and use chemicals.
  4. Romochickencrazy

    Romochickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I can't imagine them dying from lice, though they would from mites. Lice eat the feather shafts from what I remember.

    They sure would irritate them to the point of death though!

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