Parasite on chickens

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

  1. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Alina, mentioning your approximate location will be helpful here. Are you in the USA, or elsewhere? Different products will be available, and legally used, depending on what country you live in.
    Here, farm stores and websites, and livestock sites in general, will have products labeled for poultry. Read the fine print! Products labeled for horses, dogs, cats, and 'companion birds' like parrots, will often not be fine for chickens or other livestock. Especially chickens and ducks, who's eggs are eaten by us.
    Mary
     
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  2. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    When I first had my infestation, I bathed the birds using flea shampoo. It did help get rid of some of the pests but not all.

    I just checked the TSC website and they went up on their online price for the permethrin dust.
     
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  3. Alina28

    Alina28 Songster

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    I live in India in a small town so we don't have many facilities. I too was thinking about using a flea shampoo but was wondering if its safe. But i will try to find permethrin dust or spary in the market.
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Crossing the Road

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    Find out what's available where you live, and/ or check with the poultry folks at the regional vet school or ag school.
    Good luck!
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  5. Sue Gremlin

    Sue Gremlin Crowing

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    Flea shampoo with permethrin should be safe and effective. You can also use shampoo meant for human lice if you can find it.
     
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  6. Alina28

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    Thanks alot. :)
    Now it will be a lot easier for me.
     
  7. Morrigan

    Morrigan Free Ranging

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    I used the powder permethrin and it worked great. I would think it might be easier than bathing your chickens, although that depends on your chickens I suppose.

    When I did mine, my husband and I did it at night. He took each chicken off the roost, put it in a plastic tub, and I used one of these cheap powder dispensers to puff the powder around their vents and under their wings. We wore gloves and a respiratory mask and my husband did his best to shield the birds face from the dust. It took us maybe 15 minutes to do 10 birds.

    You need to treat a second time 10 days later to kill and new hatchlings, and I assume that would be the same as using a shampoo.

    I also rubbed some of the powder on their roosts and changed out all the bedding in the coop. As a preventative measure, every couple of months, I spray a neem/thyme oil solution on the roost bars. It been over a year, and I've not seen any more lice.

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