Using Permethrin inside coop during winter?

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  1. Wisegirl99

    Wisegirl99 Chirping

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    One of my 3 hens has lice. I think I am going to treat her with permethrin. I've read that I should also spray inside the coop. Spray the walls and ceiling. I'm wondering if this is necessary, considering the temperature is below freezing where I live. Wouldn't any lice/eggs end up freezing to death if they came off the hen and were loose inside the coop?
     
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    azygous Free Ranging

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    Are you using the powder or liquid permethrin? Since it's winter, I suggest the powder. You'll need to treat the chickens twice a week apart. No need to treat the coop. Lice live their entire life cycle on the chicken.

    Mites, however, are a different story. Hope you don't have those.
     
  3. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I just recently sprayed all of my coops on the inside with permethrin spray but I'm moving birds around for breeding and don't want to introduce anything from coop to coop. This past summer I had my first bout with mites. Initially I sprayed my coops weekly and I did get rid of the mites. Now as a precaution I'm spraying once a month. Maybe it's not needed but I'm in Florida and it makes me feel better.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Yet you bathed your bird?
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...unsure-about-her-being-around-others.1288641/
    Did you change your mind about using permethrin?


    None of this applies to the OP's issue..so why post it? :rolleyes:
     
  5. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I guess I misunderstood. :idunno :oops:
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My thought was that permethrin spray is good for lice, mites, etc. :oops:
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    It is, but....
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My point was that inside the coop, it might not get below freezing and maybe it will. I have had lice and mites in the past and I do live in North Central Florida and we do get occasional temperatures below freezing, but probably not in the coops where my birds roost at night and I'm sure the pests can move from bird to bird so I spray inside the coops. This is my personal opinion that is probably not for others. The idea is to share opinions no matter how stupid they may seem to others. Again just my opinion. Please everyone, good luck and have fun...
    My brother lives in Northern Michigan. They do have a heat lamp in their coop which I'm sure many won't agree with but that is their choice.
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  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I found this post on another thread which is my thought too.
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Yes, they indeed can live thru the freezing temps....
    ...but you wouldn't use spray on a bird in freezing temps.....you'd use powder.
     

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