Here I am, a week from the show and bathing birds. I have checked my birds for mites and lice and have been pretty sure that my birds were fine. How could I be so stupid? Apparently the feathering on my silkies are so heavy, I had no idea that they had them but once started bathing, I have learned otherwise. I am not sure how to keep this probelm under check if I cant even tell they had them to begin with but I need to do something. A friend told me a really good cochin breeder cuts up those blue die-no-mite strips and fastens them to the birds leg with a zip tie. I am anxious to see how well it works AND WONDER HOW LONG THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO LAST?(in a coop, 2 years) Has anyone ever heard of this? . I cut each strip into thirds and then in half. But anyway, I washed the birds in Adams flea and tick shampoo today, and I know I didnt kill them all but got the majority. I will probably treat with eprinex in a week or so but wondered about wood shavings. These shavings are really clean, I just changed them out two weeks ago. I know cedar is supposed to be toxic to use nothing but, but would it be okay and helpful do you think to mix maybe a 1/3 cedar in with 2/3 pine or would that be too much?