Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Southern28Chick, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I've dealt with lice (clear bugs) on my roo but now my girls and probably my roo have lil bitty black bugs and I'm sure they're mites. I have 23 chickens!!! How can I dust 23 chickens with DE????? I have to clean out the hen house. If I clean out the hen house and dust it with DE and add DE to the feed will that kill the mites??? I seriously doubt I can dust 23 chickens!!!

  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    You can sprinkle DE in their dusting wallows.
  3. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    If you can find nicotine liquid, little by vents will clean out whole house of insects.............
  4. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    If you have only 23 chickens, you can dust them at night. Get them in the coop and go at it. Thsi is what I do, with the aid of my grand kids, for I have about 300 chickens now.

    We used liquid nicotine many years ago, I tried to but some here in Ca. a few years ago and they tried to arrest me. It seems here it is a controled poison. But it worked.
  5. OHChick

    OHChick Songster

    May 8, 2007
    We have one chicken with a shaky head who acts really odd. We believe that she is nearly blind and that is the problem, but just in case, I bought dust and dusted her really good. For the rest of them my DH poured the stuff into a gym sock, hung it from the top of the door, and only cracked the door so that when each hen came out, she rubbed herself on the sock, and dusted herself. One 'dusting' wasn't enough so we left it there for about a week, letting them do it each time. After the first 10 minutes or so, they got over being afraid of the sock. [​IMG] I don't know if that's the best way to handle it, but we have 26 and couldn't pick them all up to dust them and trying to do it at night wouldn't work because their temporary shelter is only 4 ft tall and frankly I'm just not that coordinated. I'd break my head/neck/etc.
  6. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    Has the Roo starting growing back his tail feathers or is the skin still red on his behind? Maybe the last treatment did not clear them all up.
  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Quote:He's moulting. He looks like an ugly lil rag doll. He's dropping out feathers everywhere. I checked him last night and didn't see any mites on him. I'm going to have to dust them and the hen house after I clean it out.

    Does anyone know where I can get a large amount of DE online for pretty cheap?
  8. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I ordered mine from and it came in 4 lb bags and wasnt expensive at all or you can ask you feed store if they can order it.
  9. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Winston Salem, NC
    I put mine in their dust wallows too. I also put the stuff in an old sock and caught and gently dusted each the first time around. I had thought of hanging it like mentioned before. This is done for cattle. I just don't have a great place to hang a dusting thing. I hate mites,fleas, lice, ticks,chiggers etc.etc.etc. YUCK!

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