Lice on my backyard flock

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tiffanymanley, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. tiffanymanley

    tiffanymanley Hatching

    May 14, 2015
    I realized I have lice on my chickens! I saw a few bald spots and upon closer inspection saw little golden bugs running every where! I want to avoid a lengthy egg withdrawal as is required with most if not all medicinal approaches. I have tried DE and wood ash- I plan on reapplying in a week. Has anyone had success with this method? Thanks!

  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    Wood ash and DE can help with prevention, but once you actually see bugs I honestly recommend Poultry Dust with permethrin/pymethrin.

    There is no egg withdrawal. Simply dust each bird individually and reapply in 10 days. You may have to do it 3 times to get rid of the infestation.

    If you put the dust in a nylon stocking, you can dust like a powder puff. The other option is to put it in a small garbage bag and "shake and bake" the bird.

    Clean your coop well, get rid of the bedding, and sprinkle Poultry Dust liberally.

    If that doesn't work, then you may have to go to stronger measures like Ivermectin, but chances are, if you are diligent and stay the course reapplying appropriately, you'll get on top of it.

    Good luck,
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Be safe, wear at least a N95 face mask when you are applying poultry dust. Also clean out the bedding in the coop and dust everywhere, then add new shavings. Mary

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