Mites VS Lice-Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LCARTER87, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. LCARTER87

    LCARTER87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    Phoenix, Arizona
    We recently added 3 new girls to our flock, they are still seperated from the rest of our flock because they are a lot younger. This afternoon my girlfriend was holding our silkie/frizzle mix and noticed a small bug crawling around her face, I got her and noticed it looks like a small mite. We brought them inside and inspected the one girl, she does have a few little bugs on the inside of her wings, how can we get rid of them? I have read that (food grade) DE possibly would work, we already use it with our big girls to try and control the ants. I know there are lots of posts about this but its hard to file down through everything and I need answers sooner than later. Any imput would be greatly appreciated!!
  2. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    Sevin dust. And its probably lice. Mites are harder to see. You will need to treat your coop and then do it again in about 7 to 10 days. DE helps keep them from getting them but doesnt do much to treat them once they have it.
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Use sevin dust to dust your chickens, $4.97 at Lowe's for a 1 pound canister. Dust the inside of their house, roosts and nests. Repeat dusting your chickens again in 10 days as well as the the inside of their house again.
  4. LCARTER87

    LCARTER87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    Phoenix, Arizona
    Is there anything we can do that will contain the mites or lice she has now? They aren't all over here but there was enough that we noticed them. I have read about giving her a bath with baby soap?
  5. LCARTER87

    LCARTER87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    Phoenix, Arizona
    I also read that Sevin cannot be used if the chickens have an open water feeder, any suggestions?
  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    I use Eprinex. A few drops on the back of the neck and no mites, lice, or worms (except it doesn't kill tapeworms).
  7. sableboi

    sableboi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2010
    I use Ivermectin Pour On...4-5 drops on the birds and then repeat in 7-10 days. I do this quarterly or before I sell a bird. Wouldnt want to give something to anyone...
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Also effective is "poultry dust" or Adams' flea and tick spray. The ingredients are permethrin and pyrethrins. I have a spray bottle I got at TSC of this. The spray is handy for lice on the head as you can spray your fingers to apply to the chicken, or spray the undersides of roosts, where certain of these critters hang out.

    There are other products, including some dog flea products, but I don't know which, or rates to apply. 5% Sevin garden dust is what is recommended by a university study (link below.) And I agree about DE. It may help in control but will not stop an infestation. It works on soft bodied insects. My guess is, it will slow or stop eggs from hatching but not kill the adults.
  9. LCARTER87

    LCARTER87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    Phoenix, Arizona
    We went yesterday to a local petstore and they did have Adams wash, my only concern is that it says if a human gets it on their skin to immediatly wash it off for 15-20 minutes. So its okay for us to wash our chickens with it but not get it on our skin? We got a mite and lice spray from there that is bird specific, that you spray twice a week on the bird itself and in their bedding. Any thoughts?
  10. NASIR

    NASIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2011
    I am alwaws using SEVIN DUST


    Sevin dust
    Feed stores, garden stores
    Mites & lice
    Dust: Sprinkle in nests, dustbatheing spots, bedding, coop corners &/or on perches & birds, 1-3 times per year.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2011

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