Pine shavings to prevent lice and mites?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DainaRose8, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. DainaRose8

    DainaRose8 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, does anyone know if spreading pine shavings on the ground in your henhouse will help gt rid of lice and mites? Any answers will be appreciated thanks
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I have no idea but since red fowl mites like to live in the cracks and crevices in the wood the coop is made of, I suspect that mites might find pine wood shaving to their liking. Cedar wood shavings on the other hand may be a different matter.
     
  3. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    Now this is very interesting to me... simply because I use a product called dermethryn which contains pine oil.... it is a contact killer for mites and lice... I spray the coop and nesting boxes and it smells very strongly for a couple of days after... probably the pine oil being so strong smelling.... so I would suggest that pine is good as a preventative measure for mites and lice
     
  4. DainaRose8

    DainaRose8 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys
     
  5. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings as bedding in my coops, and it didn't seem to have any effect on the mites. Poultry dust worked wonders though.
     
  6. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

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    No. I use them and have had both lice and mites.
     

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