Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JSlip1, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. JSlip1

    JSlip1 New Egg

    Mar 22, 2016
    Central PA
    I've been a little slow on the uptake with a mite/lice infestation. I had a couple of questions for some those of you who've earned your stripes in entomology from dealing with these pests.

    I have 4 hens and I noticed whenever I entered their run I'd get little bugs on me. It took me awhile to realize that that actually explains some symptoms of one of my hens (faded comb, droopy tail, poopy vent). She seems to be the only one that has mites. I plan on dusting all 4 of them with GardStar Poultry Dust.

    Most of what I read says once a week for around 3 weeks. I was thinking it might be more beneficial to do so every 3 days in order to the hatches a bit quicker. I'm also dusting in the coop under the nesting material. Any additional thoughts or anything I might be missing here?
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    follow the directions on the product.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Depends on what bug and what it's reproductive rate is,
    7-10 days is the norm and a pretty good range to get anything hatching from eggs laid by bugs.
    I wouldn't go every 3 days.
    Permethrin is the active ingredient in GardStar Poultry Dust and there's no poultry egg or meat withdrawal on it,
    so you could sprinkle some around the coop too...under nesting material and in any cracks and crevices to get bugs that live off the birds but might feed on them.

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