Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by katharine, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. katharine

    katharine In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2007
    At least two of my chickens (I have four and three chicks) have lice. They move quickly and are straw colored. I read that you could bathe them in soapy water (and let it sit) instead of using pesticides. Any thoughts? I think this is going to be stressful for them and me!
  2. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    I've heard that you could coat them in vaseline and it will kill them, but your going to have to put something in the coop, or their living quarters. If you don't they will just become reinfested. I am having chicken flea problems myself right now. I can't figure out what to put out that is not harmful to bees, so I'm not much help as far as clearing them out of the coop goes.

  3. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    Food grade DE (diatomaceous earth) is not a pesticide. It works sort of like glass slicing whatever insect or parasite crawls over or through it. You can safely dust your chicks, coop, nest, etc. with it. You can even feed it to chicks. It is an ingredient found in most boxed cereal. Custom Milling has the best price for a 50lb. bag. (Google it). It must be FOOD GRADE DE. Other DE is used for cleaning pool filters and will kill chickens. I hope this helps. [​IMG]
  4. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    It was just on the news that the lice are becomming resistant to most pesticides i doubt that soapy water will help.
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2008
  5. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    I've read that dusting with sulfur - like the type you buy for plants - works. I dusted both my hens with it today. Also, I read you should dust the coop too, and the dust baths. DE is probably better for that, because they shouldn't ingest too much sulfur.

    I also intend to get some pyrethrin-based kitten flea shampoo and give them baths.

    I'm also interested in any other organic treatments for lice.
  6. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    A mixture of Cinnamon oil and Tea tree oil works on HUMAN head lice, but I don't know if it would work on bird lice or how the birds would react to the oils. Tea tree is a super mild oil and I can't imagine it would bother them, but Cinnamon oil is extremely strong. Anyone ever try essential oils with birds???????
  7. In addition to treating the bird you can hand a Vapona pest Strip above the roosts if you are comfortable using pyrethins. They last about 3 months.
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I mix DE and sevin dust in the end of a cut off pantyhose foot - to make a little bag. Then I powder puff around the vents and under the wings, etc and powder up the chickens with it. No lice or mites. It is what has always worked for me.
  9. Miss Prissy- I *like* that idea...[​IMG]
  10. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    Anyone tried this stuff? They sound dubious to me, but I was curious. Usually, "safe" on something designed to kill + "it falls into the exempt category of products which use only plant oils as active ingredients" = doesn't work at least for plant sprays.

    Elico Gold Label Louse Powder 400 grms

    Product Ref: 1!MD41

    Contains piperonil from a natural source as used in human head lice repellents, combined with volatile oils (produces a safe environmentally friendly powder) For application directly to poultry, farm animals, horses, and pets. Can be applied to housing, bedding and carpets. This repels lice and other flying and crawling insects from animals.

    Barrier Louse Powder 500 grams

    Product Ref: MD188

    Barriers unique formulation of Louse Powder contains a safe-carrier that does not cause carcinogenic effects. Designed to be applied directly to all animals it is suitable for use in organic farming systems, as it falls into the exempt category of products which use only plant oils as active ingredients. Barrier Animal Healthcare's Louse Powder can be applied to most animals and poultry, even young stock over 2 weeks old. It can be used on both Sucking and Biting Lice. It works at repelling the Lice over a six week period.​

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