Lice...need some advice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chikenbutwut, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Read up on here different methods of getting rid of lice, but didn't know what my local co-op carried. Gave them a call and they suggested some products (some of them are chicken owners), so I went down there and picked them up. I got Viper Insect Dust and Permectrin 2 to treat their bodies, heads and living quarters (have to dilute the Permectrin).

    Both products are approved for use on poultry.

    How should I apply dust to their bodies and the Permectrin to their heads? Should I get some kind of shaker to put the dust on? And maybe use cotton balls to put the Permectrin on their heads?' Will treat their heads first so all the lice don't take off in that direction. This is what I did with flea covered dogs when I was a groomer.

    I have two Sultan mixes that have them the worst, of course.

    Would appreciate any advice I can get.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Some people put the permethrin dust in a piece of panty hose used as a powder puff to apply, while others sprinkle it on and rub it through feathers. Then there is also the pillow case method where some is place inside and the chicken is added, holding the pillow case around the neck, and shaking it all over the chicken. The lice eggs will hatch every 10 days, so this has to be repeated at least once, while the coop, and nest boxes must be emptied of bedding, cleaned and sprayed with permethrin (including walls and roosts.) It can be a real pain, but mites are even worse, with eggs hatching every 4-7 days.
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification.html
    http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8162.pdf
     
  3. Chikenbutwut

    Chikenbutwut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! [​IMG]

    Think I'll try the pantyhose method or I may sprinkle it on, if I can find something around here to do that with....seems like it would be easier on them and I can better control where it goes. The pillow case method, I think, would be too much of a pain.

    I take it that the bedding and all needs to be removed and the coop sprayed down again in 10 days too? Thank goodness the stuff I got treats a lot when diluted like it's suppose to be, so I don't have to run out and buy more.

    And yeah, I'm very happy I'm not dealing with mites, knock on wood, as that would be a royal pain to deal with!

    What about putting the Permectrin on their faces...is a cotton ball or cotton pads a good idea?

    Thanks again!
     

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