Poultry lice

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by amymarie1221, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. amymarie1221

    amymarie1221 Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone know the life cycle of poultry lice? I treated with permethrin a week ago, then again today. I've also heard to do 10 days after initial treatment. Do I need to do a third treatment?
     
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  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    The life cycle is about 7-10 days.
    I'd wait and see...wait a week or two and take good look to see if there are any still moving around.
     
  3. HARRY47264

    HARRY47264 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Idenify your pest first.I had northern foul mites. I treated with permethrin 10% 1 oz in 1.5 gal water according to directions for directly on poultry it kills on contact. I then sprayed entire coop also. I will check in about 10 days .
    There is an excellent article in Chickens magazine March/April 2017
    Have a nice Morning
    Harry
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Permethrin spray has good residual action, so examine your birds very carefully before treating them again. The permethrin dust doesn't have the same residual time, so repeat treatments are needed. Then it depends on the flock exposure to the little critters, in other words, the parasite burden on the wild birds they interact with. Mary
     
  5. HARRY47264

    HARRY47264 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Mary i still have about 3 days before i check northern foul mites are supposedly a cool weather pest and the mild winter here in Arkansas is probably a factor We have pretty warm summers here maybe that will deter them Have a nice afternoon
    Harry
     
  6. amymarie1221

    amymarie1221 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I checked them yesterday and all were clear except two. One had the eggs still all over near her vent and another one just had a few. Does the permethrin 10 kill the eggs too? Will they just fall off? I didn't see any moving bugs.
     
  7. Folly's place

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    Most insecticides don't kill eggs, but residuals will kill the little beasts when they hatch out. Let us know how things work out! Mary
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I can confirm this... the rooster I treated for lice several weeks ago still has no lice, so the spray really must have excellent residual action, much better than the powder.
     

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