Lice, what to do now?

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  1. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Alright, I am at my wits end. I discovered my chickens have lice about a month ago. So, I asked some questions, and started treating with DE every time, and wood ash, every now and then. I have been treating them 1-3 times a week, depending on my schedule, and they are still not gone. I have separated and bathed the roosters, b/c they were really bad off, because they kept on mating with the hens. The lice seem to be gone on the roosters. I dusted the hens again this morning, and out of the 30 hens I dusted, I did not spot any lice on 10 of them, the other 20 had anywhere from a couple to more than I could count. What is the incubation period for lice eggs? Am I still just dealing with eggs that are hatching? What will happen if I just let the hens have lice?

    -trying not to flip out and lose all sanity.
     
  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    No experience with lice, thank God! But from what I've read, need to treat the nest boxes & coop too, changing all bedding/shavings. Read somewhere spraying birds with pyrethian (?) as directed. Someone will peep in with advice, good luck.
     
  3. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Yes, yesterday I did an overhaul on the coop. Nesting boxes cleaned out, roosts scrubbed, cobwebs pulled out. Then I dusted everything with DE.
     
  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Can pig lice be transmitted to chickens??
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Tho DE and wood ash might help prevent an infestation...it will not eliminate one.

    Poultry dust with permethrin will take care of them, no egg withdrawal, repeat after 7-10 days to kill new lice hatching.

    Chances are pig lice probably cannot live on poultry.
     
  6. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Do you think you can get that stuff at lowes? Out of the 3 feed stores we have in my town, the only stuff they have is DE.
     
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    And what is the incubation period for lice eggs?
     
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    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Oh, the invermectin has a 7 day withdrawal period.
     

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