1. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    I am really scared my chickens are gonna get lice! No reason why....I just am! So how can I prevent them from getting lice? Thanks.
     
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    I use poultry Protector (it is a spray i use on the coop and bedding when i clean and you can use it on the chickens too to prevent it.
    If they have it you can use Sevin dusting powder that is foun in your local garden section (but i only use this if they actually have it....cause it is a bit more harsh i think...but that is just my opinion) [​IMG]
     
  3. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    Oh, okay! Thanks.
     
  4. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't treat them if they don't have them. Wait and then IF they do get them the dust will be more effective. It's really not that big a deal as long as they are treated once they do get them.
    sharon
     
  5. tammyjw

    tammyjw New Egg

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    How likely is it that chickens get lice?
    So do most use preventive treatment or wait? How would I know if they have it?
     
  6. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    USA
    I dust mine in Sevin dust--you can buy this at Walmart in the lawn and garden section!
     
  7. mrchicken

    mrchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Provide them with another dust bath.
     
  8. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Having a place to dust bathe as was mentioned helps and some say use DE (food grade only). I have had chickens for 11 months and have only had a problem once. It comes from wild birds so who knows if you'll get them or not but just keep a check on them. Some people have never had them. You never know!
     
  9. DvanderSlik

    DvanderSlik Out Of The Brooder

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    I would mix Diatomacious Earth (DE) Food Grade Only, in the sand where they normally dust bath. I do this every once in awhile. This way, when they normally give themselves dust baths, they'd bath in Lice preventative DE. Also sprinkle DE on the floor of your hen house, and in all the cracks around the edges to prevent other creepy crawling from getting to close to your hens. It also keeps mites away!

    If they're kept away from other birds, I wouldn't worry about it. You'll notice them itching a lot if they did get lice.

    I bought some pullets that were covered in lice, that I didn't notice tell I got home. YIKES. Lesson learned. I bought some Livestock Permethryn (Sp?) dust and it kill them all on contact. I hate using such powerful stuff though...
     
  10. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    Idaho
    So do wild birds such as starling or sparrows bring lice? Because starlings and sparrows go in the chicken coop all the time for food and water...So would they bring lice because they are wild birds?
     

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