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Lice

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by stroud2009, Sep 2, 2016.

  1. stroud2009

    stroud2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    It's confirmed my chickens have something . Not sure if it's lice or mites but I was checking through my roosters feather and could see them crawling around . They are all tree sleepers so do I need to treat the trees ? What's the most effective way to get rid of them ? We have to go to the feed store tomorrow and I want to make sure I get everything we will need so we can tackle the situation .
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Most mite and louse species can be killed by permethrin dust. The dust should be applied every 7-10 days until they are gone. You can dust the trees as well, it's generally only toxic to insects.
     
  3. stroud2009

    stroud2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do I just dust the environment ? Or is it safe to apply to them
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Poultry Dust is permethrin, and is labelled for chickens. Permethrin also comes as a spray. Ivermectin applied to each bird works great, but isn't on the approved drug list. Carbaryl is also no longer approved. Treating big trees isn't a great idea, just do the birds, and their dust spots, and coop and nesting boxes. Mary
     
  5. stroud2009

    stroud2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    I cleaned out the coop today and sprinkled it all over , just unsure if I applied enough . I dusted them with DE ? This whole process is confusing for me and hubby isn't helping with research so I'm on my own .
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Make sure that you wear a N95 dust mask when coop cleaning or dusting with any product!!!! I don't use DE, as it's nasty to inhale and less effective than permethrin. Mary
     

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