Treating lice on an untame flock

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by theharve01, May 16, 2019.

  1. theharve01

    theharve01 Hatching

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    hi, i have ordered a powdered lice treatment. but i dont know how i will administer it without been able to catch my hens, i was given the flock by a friend. but they are not that tame. they dont let you grab them. should i just try make one of them leg hooks and catch them that way. or could i just shake powder over them while they are eating.

    im a new member. i have been reading posts on this website for many years. its been very helpful.

    thanks for any help
     
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  2. Norcal527

    Norcal527 Songster

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    At night while they are roosting you should be able to grab them one at a time fairly easily to dust them and then put back on roost.
     
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  3. theharve01

    theharve01 Hatching

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    i have a funny coop, its on wheels. and covered on all sides. i cant actually access the roost bars. its a coop with no floor and i just wheel it to a new spot every few days. the coop is only 1 meter high. with a hen size entrance at the front. although i could probably take the roof off at night and do it. would you think the hens might try fly off in the dark and not find there way back in to the coop. thanks
     
  4. Norcal527

    Norcal527 Songster

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    If you have it prepared in advance so there isnt a lot of noise when you take the roof off and it's dark you should be fine. Chickens go into kind of a catatonic state at night. They cant see anything so its unlikely they would move much at all.
     
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  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    Welcome! The permethrin spray concentrate will be much less expensive, and easier to apply, rather than the dust. At night, with a very small flashlight, and hopefully a helper.
    Mary
     
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  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    :welcome :frow I agree. My suggestion is to spray it weekly for awhile. It doesn't kill the lice eggs but will kill the lice after they hatch.
     

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