Treating with Sevin

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by christie22701, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. christie22701

    christie22701 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. So my chickens have mites or lice or whatever they are. I got this. Now how do I use it. I just finished treating them for Coryza so I need to know if its safe to treat them now or if I should wait. I don't want to aggravate their respiratory symptoms. I also need to know if I should avoid picking up my chickens. I also have parrots. What do I do about that? In have been very careful with the Coryza outbreak. HELP!

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  2. christie22701

    christie22701 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a picture of what I found on my chickens. Microscope version of course. Little orange thing.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would treat them. Sevin dust isn't that harmful, as long as huge quantities aren't breathed in. Just kind of rub the dust through each bird's feathers, trying not to dump it right onto their head. And by "should I avoid picking up my chickens", do you mean picking them up after the Sevin dusting? I usually avoid handling them much for about a day after dusting, just to avoid touching the chemicals, but that isn't really necessary.
     
  4. christie22701

    christie22701 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm just a hands on chicken lady and handle them like I do my other pets but I don't wanna get the lice and I don't want my parrots to get them either. Once I treat them do I have to treat them again? What if there are lice eggs in the yard/coop? There are no directions on the container. It doesn't say anything about treating chickens. So I'm confused. Will they jump off my chickens and jump on me and get in my hair? I'm skeeved out.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Humans can't get chicken lice. Lice treatment needs to be repeated in 10 days for the nits or eggs. Lice can survive off a chicken for a few days, so be sure to clean and dust/spray the coop.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Chicken mites and lice do not infest humans. They may crawl onto your body while you are handling the birds, but they will not bite and will leave soon. If you are really worried about it, take a shower after handling your birds and all the lice will wash away. You should be careful around your parrots, as chicken lice can probably infest other types of birds.

    After you dust the birds, dust them again 7-10 days later. This will kill any new lice that hatched from eggs, which are not effected by the Sevin. If the infestation is severe, you can dust 7-10 days after that dusting, as well. Also, dust the coop with Sevin or spray it with another mite/lice spray to kill any lice living in there. The Sevin dust bottle won't say anything about being used on chickens, as it is not sold for performing that job. However, it still works fine, and lots of people use it.
     
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  7. christie22701

    christie22701 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well it sure is a relief to know I can't get them (as I scratch my head at this by moment). I can't imagine not being able to pick up my chickens. I am careful when around my parrots, I always wash my hands when going between the two. I tell ya, I had no idea chickens were so complicated. I'm not sure if you read my "snotty, raspy chickens" thread, they have been pretty sick.
     

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