poultry lice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pattya, May 22, 2008.

  1. pattya

    pattya In the Brooder

    May 2, 2008
    What is the best method and products to treat lice? I just got my first 3 chickens and want to treat them and my new coop. I noticed what seems to be "excessive dirt baths". thanks David
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Find out if they really have lice first, just pick them up and look at the vent area, you'll see them there if they exist. I just use a powder from the feed store (forget what it's called, it's been a while) As for the coop, I always sprinkle Mule Team Borax (found in the laundry isle at Walmart) in with thier shavings and we don't get lice or mites after that.
    I also use Borax in the dogs beds and occassionally sprinke my carpets in the house with it, let it sit for a while then vaccuum. This has always worked very well for me.
  3. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    DE - diatomaceous earth - food grade only!
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Sevin dust works, just don't get it around their face or let them breathe the dust.

    Dust them once and then again in 7 days to take care of the newly hatched lice.
  5. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
    I use sevin dust also. Love it. It works great. But i agree with the advice to check for bugs first. Good luck.
  6. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    And with the sevin dust do not eat your eggs for 7 to 14 days after using.

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