Need reassurance - RE mite treatment with sevin dust

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by arlee453, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Well, it was bound to happen eventually... I found mites on some of the girls today. I don't think it's a massive infestation but I want to nip this in the bud ASAP.

    I found an article that discusses treating mites:

    want some reassurance from those who have been there, done that.

    1) Is the regular ole 5% Sevin dust you get at the garden section OK to use, or is there some special preparation just for chickens/fowl?

    2) My buddy says to dust it around the chicken's vent and under the wings. Does that sound OK?

    3) Should I mix some up with dirt and put it where they dust bathe as well, or just treat the chickens directly only?

    4) Should I sprinkle it in the nestboxes, coop, etc? On the ground at all?

    TIA you guys!!
  2. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC plan. I'm just going to buy a couple gallons of kerosene and use it to dip the chickens. Also add some to the water. Does that sound good??

    I'm not serious, of course. I was just wondering if there's a reason none of my threads today are getting much response. (thanks Spatcher - at least I know someone looked...) [​IMG]
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I think what I used was poultry dust. Jeesh, im not too sure now. I know I got it at TSC. Maybe go in and ask someone there. I was not too fond of useing the 7dust. And...when I did mine...I just grabbed them by the feet, held them upside down, and got the vent, and under the wings. However...make sure you wear a mask, or scarf of some kind over your face...that stuff gets everywhere!!!
  5. Heidi

    Heidi Songster

    Mar 18, 2007
    Northwest Michigan
    I treated my chickens with Sevin-5 (in the gardening section)when they got red mites from some straw I bought for the winter. I pulled everything out of their coop and sprinkled every crevice and floor and nesting box w/ Sevin - then put in new bedding and sprinkled it again. I then took one hen at a time and went into the coop, shut the door and sprinkled Sevin under their wings, chest, and their vent. I also sprinkled their backs for good measure. After treating each hen I sprinkled their dusting places. After 10 days I redusted them as recommended. The mites never came back. Good luck.
  6. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Covington, GA
    Did the chickens survive with no problems?
  7. Psittizen Shikkin

    Psittizen Shikkin Songster

    Jun 14, 2008
    Oroville, California
    I've used 5% sevin dust on my dogs; on my carpet(flea problem); around my parrots and of course on my chickens and their coops. If we can sprinkle it on our vegetables.... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2008
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    thanks guys....I'm feeling the love now! And I'll be getting myself some Sevin tomorrow, AND a mask.

  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Arlee, I have always used Sevin and never had any problems. Don't inhale it. Cut the toe from a pantyhose and fill it with dust. Tie it off. You now have a powder puff type bundle. Powder down the girls making sure yo get it in deep in their feathers.

    Clean and dust their hen house too. Throw away all the bedding and put a layer of dust out as a barrier for the new.
  10. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    I made myself a shaker can by drilling holes in the top of a plastic screw-top container. I like it better than the stocking, it seems to keep the powder from puffing as much in all directions. Or you could use a plastic spice container, or one from parmesean cheese.

    I dust the back of their necks, their vents, and under each wing. I've done them all by myself, it's even easier with a partner to help hold them while you dust.

    Yes, you can also sprinkle some in their favorite dust-bath craters, and under the straw of their nest boxes, and other places where they congregate. I haven't had any chickens adversely affected by it, we recommend that exibitors dust their birds with it before bringing them to our poultry tent at the county fair.

    I use it on our fire ant mounds, and under the nest boxes of brooding hens.

    But don't over-do it, too much kills too many of our beneficial bug friends. I just dust my birds if ever I notice they have mites.

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