My poultry had lice. How long should I wait before I sell my ducks?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Picklestix7866, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Thawing Minnesota
    I just realized that my chickens and four ducks had lice last week. [​IMG] I dusted them with permethrin and cleaned the coop and then dusted that. I'm going to dust it again this weekend. How long should I wait before I rehome my pet ducks?

    PS I'm selling them cuz I'm getting Call ducklings this spring. [​IMG] I'm so excited! But my mallards would pick on them, so they need new homes. If anyone here is from MN and is interested, email me!
  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    That's very honorable of you, most breeders wouldn't even bother to treat them if they were selling them.

    Depends on how long the life cycle of a louse is. Treat to kill the adult bugs, then treat again to kill the hatchlings. I'm guessing, maybe 1-2 weeks.
  3. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    My chickens had a bad infestation of lice. It took about 4-5 weeks to get rid of them completely. I repeated treatment every week.

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