Question about lice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by urbanchickees, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. urbanchickees

    urbanchickees Out Of The Brooder

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    May 22, 2008
    I am new to having chickens and have been reading a lot. I bought a great book and I am so glad I came across this website. I have a question regarding lice. Is the dust bath enough to keep it at bay or should I be putting something else on them or in their pen/run? Is this the lice that humans get in their hair and if so is it easily transferred? These might sound silly but I really am not sure. ANY advice would be great!!![​IMG]
     
  2. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    A simple shower will take them off humans...they seem to love me...I always know when my birds have them because I come out of that henhouse itching like crazy. I use Borax in the pens to keep them at bay but if they do get them anyway then you have to use a tick dust on them that you buy at the feed store
     
  3. fosterchick

    fosterchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use Seven Dust. I buy at the local hardware store. I put it in the spots that they use to sunbath in or where they roll in dirt. I do this 3 times a year and never had any lice problems. I have also been told by my father and his father the chicken lice is different the human lice.
     
  4. urbanchickees

    urbanchickees Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much will have to look for the dust. I was hoping it was different than human lice cause I have 3 small children and the dread of thinking I might have to deal with that was terrible. We so love watching our girls and enjoy feeding them up close. I didn't want to have to tell the kids to stay back. My littlest is 1.5 yo and every morning he is out looking through the window of the coop to see what they are doing, it is too sweet.
     
  5. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    When my kids were little they used to love going to the henhouse and getting eggs! I really miss those days, now they are older and think I'm crazy cause I keep chickens...Ahhh such is life!
     
  6. warren

    warren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I discovered lice on my hens a few months ago. I dusted them with a permethrin based insecticide which got rid of the problem. It is a mild insecticide which can be used on cats and dogs.
    Other people advise bathing your chickens if you live somewhere warm. This will get rid of them very effectively without the need for insecticide.
    They do not live on people, so no need to worry about that.
     

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