Tried louse powder, but its not working!!! HELP

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by AuntyCluck, May 21, 2012.

  1. AuntyCluck

    AuntyCluck Hatching

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    Hi, I have three chickens all with lots of lice for the past two weeks I have been putting louse powder on them every other day. But they are still crawling with them. Am I doing somthing wrong?
     
  2. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Songster

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    It sounds like they have it pretty bad. I use permethrin 10%. You dilute it in water then spray the chickens down with it. When you spray them be very generous. Mine are sopping wet when I am done with them. The main places to spray are under their chin, behind their head, under their wings, under their crop and near and around their vent. The lice will literaly die on contact. I only have to treat once even if they are crawling with them. What it does is destroy the exoskeleton of the insect so their bones are literally gone once they touch it. I would also use it to spray their coop, areas they were in, beading, etc. It stays on them for a while so it will kill hatching ones as well. I always keep it on hand just in case! Also works with other live stock but read the directions before using it on other animals just in case. Good luck Hope this helps!

    Here is a picture of the specific kind I use
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  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Have you cleaned the coop out at the same time as treating them? You have to treat the birds and the coop...twice... to kill bugs.
     
  4. mmktdox

    mmktdox Chirping

    I've had one lousy hen for months and I've been dusting her and her four coop mates faithfully with poultry dust. I've also cleaned their coop and dusted the coop each time I did the birds. But I can't seem to get rid of them. [​IMG]

    She's losing feathers and she looks like she's molting but I know it's the lice. It's been going on too long. Funny how she's so infested and the others are not. They may have a few but they're not like her. Now that the warm weather is here I'm going to get some permethrin and either dunk them or spray them down. I'll let you know how it goes! [​IMG]
     
  5. Firefighter Chick

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    I would stop with the dusting because it's not helping. Clean out the whole coop, bedding and all, and thouroughly clean and disinfect everything, especially nest boxes, the roosts, and any cracks in the wall or floor. Get the chickens some sort of dip. Permethrin sounds good. There are assortment of dips out there. If possibly get a temporary shelter somewhere, a box in the garage, and perhaps give the coop a second spraying. Perhaps even powder the run with dust. Once everything is dry get new bedding and put them back in the coop. burn the box. Make sure they have no access to wild birds including pigeons. Keep monitoring them daily for bugs.
     
  6. nyseman

    nyseman In the Brooder

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    can someone describe a louse please. I just went to check my setting hen. reached in to pet her and my arm had small black bugs all over it! I washed them off immediately but I still am feeling the crawling!
     
  7. darin367

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    ivermectin pour on for cattle.......... 3 or 4 drops from an eye dropper on skin, between wings on back, and your done............. kills all bugs and worms them all at once..... 12 bucks or so from amazon will last you years......... this is by far the easiest most effective........
     
  8. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Songster

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    Here are some pictures of poultry lice. Looks almost just like human lice. Thankfully humans can't get it because these go specifically go after birds.Sorry the pictures are a tad small. I wanted pictures to show what they look like rather than infested, dead/ dieing birds which I know no one on here would let it get that horrific.

    Were the bugs you saw solid black or were the centers of them black? Pin head size or a bit bigger?

    What eggs look like on feathers
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    Actual lice
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  9. dracoe19

    dracoe19 Songster

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    hmm good to know thank you for sharing!
     
  10. nyseman

    nyseman In the Brooder

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    Im guessing they were mites, dusted the area and the bird and they all are gone
     

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