Lice

Pattercorn11

In the Brooder
Aug 10, 2015
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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?
 

OrganicFarmWife

Crowing
Oct 21, 2015
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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.
 

Pattercorn11

In the Brooder
Aug 10, 2015
24
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Texas
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.


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.
 

bluema

Chirping
6 Years
May 8, 2013
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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.
 

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