Parasite on chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Alina28, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Alina28

    Alina28 Songster

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    I saw a few very small white insects underneath my Rooster's feathers and after some research became convinced that it was lice. My very first time seeing them on my flock so i don't have any experience. I did some research and found some home remedies to treat my flock. Garlic juice and essential oils such as lavender, cinnamon etc infused with water to be sprayed on the chickens twice weekly .

    Has anyone used it before? Can i use tea tree oil in this recipe? Any other effective method to treat it naturally?
     
  2. Squishychicken

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    I haven't found any good natural ones that result in 1 treatment cures. I use diluted permethrin. It kills the live In one treatment needs a few days if theres eggs
     
  3. silkie1472

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    I, personally, use Prozap permethrin dust, and it kills the lice instantly. I’ve used it for 2 years now and have had no problems.
     
  4. Henriettamom919

    Henriettamom919 Crowing

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    Yeah, sadly most home remedies work better as a preventative measure and even that's hit and miss.

    I've had some success preventing mite and lice using diatomaceous earth which is all natural but others have used it and had it do literally nothing; a lot depends on region, weather both local and regional, etc.

    Permethrin dust works right away, kills nearly every skin related parasite and treats the housing, too. As long as you follow instructions it's very safe for birds but toxic for cats. Keep kitties inside while treating with it.
     
  5. Alina28

    Alina28 Songster

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    Thanks a lot for your advice. :)
    I will try to get permithrin.
     
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  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    If you have a Tractor Supply Co., they carry both permethrin spray and dust. It has been what worked the best for me when I had a severe infestation. Now I buy the concentrate and mix it with water and spray the coops thoroughly everywhere. Permethrins does not kill the eggs so repeat spraying is necessary. I dust the birds also. My birds looked terrible but now are beautiful again. I have seen wild birds in some of the coops and the other day I saw a gray squirrel in one of the coops. I'm pretty sure the wildlife is what introduced them into my flock. The squirrel looked a little mangy.
     
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    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Lice and mites will appear sometimes, unless your flock is indoors away from wild birds all the time. Permethrin spray works fine, and is much less expensive than the dust. Spinosad is also fine, but much pricier, and I think should be left out of the picture until (unless) permethrin fails.
    Herbals and DE aren't worth the time and money spent, and do have issues with toxicity too.
    Dog and cat products are not suitable for use on poultry!!!
    Mary
     
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  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I bought the Permethrin dust online from TSC and it was half the price they sell it for in the store so I ordered it online and picked it up at the store. I also use the spray. I sprinkle some dust under their shade/rain tables because the birds like to get under the tables and dust bathe.
     
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  9. Alina28

    Alina28 Songster

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    We don't have tsc here. I tried to find permethrin dust or spary on Amazon and it was literally 100$ on Amazon here. :(
     
  10. Alina28

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    My Mom and Uncle were telling me to use a dog shampoo. Good that i refused.
     

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