Using DE to dust a pigeon?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by Chickygirl, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Chickygirl

    Chickygirl Just Hatched

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    Has anyone used DE to dust their pigeons or is this something that is not recommended? If so, how do you do it properly? Thanks for your help!
     
  2. av8torcrj

    av8torcrj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type parasite are you trying to rid the birds of? I have seen feather mites on my birds and a quick spritz of a permethrin spray formulated for fleas/ticks on dogs and cats has worked well for me and was recommended by a master breeder from whom I bought some birds. Some may find this controversial but I have seen no ill effects and again it was recommended by someone who's advice I trust.
     
  3. loftkeeper

    loftkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    adams flea and tick spray for dogs and cats works well and safe for birds and humans spray under each wing and the vent
     
  4. paramount

    paramount Out Of The Brooder

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    In the old days, they used to dust (especially with Sevin) extensively. However, the dust is hard on their lungs and also on yours, as it is pretty toxic stuff and tends to get scattered about the loft when you let go of the bird.

    Sprays are much better.

    The best spray I ever found was Purge III (or similar brand) which is a metered aerosol insecticide used in the food industry. One quick burst into each wing pit and you are a good for a long time. You can also do a couple quick bursts each week in the loft for prevention. It is VERY effective and one can will last a LONG TIME. It's about $15 a can. Unlike the flea spray, it will also keep flies, wasps, ants and other insects in the loft.

    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=purge+fly+spray&tbm=shop

    Been using this stuff for over 20 years.


    You can also get the metered dispenser for it. It works on a timer and gives one quick blast at whatever rate you set it to.
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2014
  5. Chickygirl

    Chickygirl Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much for your response, I appreciate your help!
     
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  6. paramount

    paramount Out Of The Brooder

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    Any time. Don't hesitate to ask.
     

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