Lice....Should i cut the eggs off?

LCARTER87

Songster
8 Years
Mar 27, 2011
104
1
101
Phoenix, Arizona
I noticed a few days ago that my girls have lice again, they are only around their vent's not under their wings, when I picked up my RIR just a few moments ago, I noticed what looked like eggs on her feathers, should I cut these feathers off of her? I put seven dust in their coop, nesting boxes and on their butts but should I take care of them anyways?
 

PoultryPedia

Crowing
13 Years
May 25, 2008
2,132
119
321
Idaho/Utah
I''ve plucked out a few feathers in cases like of clumps from mites. Plucking always hurts for the chicken (Small feathers or old feathers close to ready to molt not as badly) but is sometimes worth the benefits.
If the feathers have been grown in fairly recently, I think a chicken actually feels pain if you cut somewhat close to the base of the quill, but if the feathers aren't that new it probly wouldn't hurt. However, if you pluck feathers, they start growing back in right away. If you cut them, new feathers aren't grown in until after the chicken's next molt. Which may leave you with short-feathered chickens during cold weather. Ack.
I've never dealt with lice on chickens. With mites, alot of the white clumpiness is actually poop & body leftovers. If you treat again a couple weeks after the first time, you can get most of any newly hatched eggs.
But with lice...
hu.gif


Anyone else know?
 
Last edited:

welasharon

Crowing
9 Years
Jun 28, 2010
3,955
114
256
North Florida
To get lice eggs off you can use unrefined coconut oil. Just liquify it and put it on. After a while it makes them dissolve. Someone posted something else they used on a thread before but I cannot remember what it was as I had the coconut oil.
sharon
 

teach1rusl

Love My Chickens
10 Years
Jul 28, 2009
10,017
183
356
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
My Coop
My Coop
We dealt with lice when we got our d'uccle roo back in 2010. I assumed that the large tough mass of whitish clumps was tons of lice eggs, but now I'm wondering if it was from mites (as speckledhills described), although the only mites we knew he had were scaly leg mites. Either way, I tried dissolving the masses (mostly in his beard area) with coconut oil and something else (can't recall now), and they weren't budging. I ended up cutting them out. So he was beardless until after his molt that fall.
hmm.png
 

New posts New threads Active threads

Top Bottom