1. Pattercorn11

    Pattercorn11 Out Of The Brooder

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    About two months ago I tackled a lice problem. I mixed (in a wheelbarrow) DE, Sevin, and Poultry dust. I dusted each bird (30) under wings, vent, breast, back. I repeated once a week for a month for a total of 4 dustings and cleaned the coop after every time except the last. I was determined to get rid of them. It seemed to work. Until today I picked up one of my roos and noticed he had them crawling on his face. I looked on his neck and back and didn't see any anywhere else. Dusted him with Sevin real quick and isolated him. Also picked up a hen but didn't see any on her. What's the deal?! I know we have a lot of wild birds (ring neck dove, sparrows etc.) and there isn't anything I can do about it as my chickens free range. It's so frustrating! Any tips?
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    could you dust the bottom of your coop with DE? I Put a nice dusting of DE on my floor and then put couple of inches of straw over it. I replace the straw as needed but leave the DE for the year.
     
  3. bluema

    bluema Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Pattercorn11

    Pattercorn11 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I forgot to mention I put DE and poultry dust in the coop. Maybe I need to put more! Also use nesting box herbs... Not sure that helps deter lice though.
     
  5. bluema

    bluema Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE never worked for me well...
    When desperate, Seven always works but then I throw away the eggs.

    I use combination of Garden & Poultry dust and liquid Permethrin. I even had to use Permethrin inside our home because mites found their way in! It was terrible but it never happened again.
     
  6. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh, I don't know we use DE alot. But I do not know if it is effective for curing an infestation or if it is just a great preventative.
     
  7. bluema

    bluema Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup, i think it deters at best. didn't do diddly on northern fowl mites infestation while I wanted to stay completely organic....
     
  8. Pattercorn11

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    I need to check out the liquid permethrin!
     

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