Mites and Nits driving me nuts!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HazensHens, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. HazensHens

    HazensHens New Egg

    Sep 17, 2012
    I am a small-scale backyard flock owner and currently have just three hens. Only one has nits on her feather shafts but two weeks ago today we treated all three using the dawn soap bath/vinegar bath and applied DE to the birds and there yard/coop. Today I still see nits but not lice on the one same bird. But now the nits can be pulled off the shafts where as before I couldnt break them off the feather. I plan to reapply the DE tomorrow but are they going to go away? Can I introduce new birds yet?
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They won't go away if you only use DE. This veterinary writeup recommends Sevin 5% garden dust. You also need to rplace the litter and spray the coop; Sevin liquid is handy for this. A pyrethrin/permethrin/puperonyl spray is also effective. Some people use flea medicine, but I don't know how safe this is. I recently read of someone using a fairly new product, Spinosad, with good results.


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