Question on seven dust and lice

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Christiney, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. Christiney

    Christiney Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi my name is Christine and I just got my new 3 little silkies. These are my first chickens.
    I have noticed they have some lice. I read that the seven dust is great for getting rid of them.
    What I would like to know is how often do I powder the chickens with the dust for how long.
    Thanks for the help
    Christne
     
  2. dawg53

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    Quote:I recommend that you dust them once with sevin dust, redust them again in 10 days to kill nits hatched from larva since the first dusting. Avoid the eyes and nostrils. You'll also need to dust their house, nests and roosts. Repeat again in 10 days. This will end the lice lifecycle. Then all you have to do is visually inspect them occasionally.
     
  3. JP101010

    JP101010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont use sevin dust. The Warning on it that states it can "cause cancer and reproductive problems" in "humans and animals"
    My Vet Recommended GardStar Poultry Dust , $6 for at TSC , theres Enough in one can, to treat 200 birds. In my personal experience it was very effective first time , of course I retreated as advised.
    You MUST Re Treat every 10 days for a few times in order to stop the life cycle. If its def. Lice you should be seeing "nits" (eggs) on the feathers close to the skin?Could be mites as well which there are several kinds.
    On most University of Veterinarian Medicine websites/Archives You can get alot of great pics to identify so you can read about the bugs life cycle which will help determine exactly whether or not to have an emphasis on treating the coop/nesting boxes etc. and how frequently to retreat.
     
  4. Christiney

    Christiney Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice. I have only seen the lice. Checked again for mites but do not see any. I will retreat in 10 days.
    I dusted them this am and noticed they aren't itching like they were. Also looked around on them and haven't seen anything running around
    this evening. The seven dust was easy for me to find this morning. I will look for the other poultry dust online for future use. Luckily the coop hasn't arrived yet and the
    little guys are in a oversized cage that I have been changing daily. I guess it worked out that they haven't been put into there new home yet. [​IMG]
     
  5. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC! Glad you got your problem solved and hope you're enjoying your silkies as much as I do! [​IMG]
     
  6. mrs b. bates farm

    mrs b. bates farm Out Of The Brooder

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    the sevin dust spray doesnt work as well fyi
     
  7. Christiney

    Christiney Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks! They are so much fun to watch. I am really enjoying them!
     
  8. Christiney

    Christiney Out Of The Brooder

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    mrs b. bates farm :

    the sevin dust spray doesnt work as well fyi

    Thanks! Thats good to know. I didn't even see a spray just the powder​
     
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