Treating for Pests

BantamMom13720

In the Brooder
12 Years
Jul 17, 2007
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0
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Spotsylvania , VA
I read that in order to get rid of mites you "dust" the chickens and their houses with Sevin powder. Is it really safe to put right on them and on the surfaces of the houses?
 

midget_farms

Songster
11 Years
Apr 15, 2008
1,359
10
171
Dunlap Illinois
Yes - 7 dust works & they don't get sick or seem to have any other problems with it.

You don't want to over do it though.

I saw a post here a few months ago where a guy moved an old board & found tons of bugs. He covered them with 7 just before his chickens found the bugs and ate them, 7 and all. He said he was sure the chickens would be dead in the morning, but miraculously there were no side effects. Chickens were fine.

I've used it several times myself as a preventative & had no problems.
 

chicktwit

Songster
12 Years
Oct 21, 2007
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4
141
My chickens get to take a fluff bath in cedar saw dust. Even the silkies love it. Haven't seen any mites or bugs & I also dust the chicken house w/diatomecious(sp) earth then put regular shavings in it. I think Sevin says you can dust your farm animals w/it. Just not the chicks (or be careful). Check the wrapper.
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
23,381
96
351
Adair Co., KY
FYI, it can be used on dogs as well, if you have very persistent ticks that frontline, advantix, and ALL the other vet dispensed flea and tick preventatives, doesn't kill!
 

LynneP

Songster
11 Years
Mar 21, 2008
4,746
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Centre Rawdon, Nova Scotia, Canada
You can mix Sevin with food-drade DE, and also use the DE in bedding, nest boxes, coop porches and on the earth in your runs.

Another way to keep pests out of the coop is to hang no-pest strips made by companies like Black Flag, Vapona, Home Hardware and TSC high in the coop away from birds and their food/water. The pyrethins keep out ticks, mitesl fleas, flies, mosquitoes and gnats.
 

ChickaD

Songster
11 Years
Aug 6, 2008
618
4
141
central Vermont
To make an informed decision about the overall safety of using Sevin, you may want to read "The Problems with Sevin (carbaryl)" at http://www.healthyworld.org/sevin.html

This
information helped me decide to use a poultry dust containing Permethrin instead. We're also using food grade DE in several ways (dusting them, in their food, and in their bedding & nesting boxes), and giving the chickens a dusting area with it, which they love.
 

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