What can you use on your birds for mites????

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by I-Have-Happy-Hens, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    Good Morning Everybody,

    I think one of my birds has mites, these little black bugs get on me after I put my silkie down from holding her and someone told me to use 7-Dust. Is this what I should use? Will it hurt her if I dust her with it or am I just to dust her coop?

    Any Help would be greatly appreciated,

    Happy-Hens
     
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have used the Sevin dust.

    I just open the can and put a sock over the end.

    Then I hold the Silkie upside down and dust the undersides and underneath the wings.
    and flip 'em back and dust the back and neck.

    The dust filters through the sock very easily.

    [​IMG]
     
  3. silkies4me

    silkies4me Out Of The Brooder

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    HI,
    I use GardStar Garden & Poultry dust with Permethrin in it. It was like around $7 for it. I found it at my local TSC store. Not sure if you have one local. But maybe a hardware or feedstore near you might carry it. I have used Seven's dust on my chickens one time and it didn't hurt them. But since I found the GardStar for poultry I use it more on them. Some BYCer's use the seven's dust but some don't like it.
    To keep mites and mosquitos away, I use DE dust and liquid Permethrin to spray down the walls and floors of my chickens house(its one of those plastic storage sheds you can buy at Home Depot, its the one with lots of windows in it. It cost me $700 for it. But oh my girls love it. I installed a fan in it for them during the summer time). My husband thinks I'm nuts to have spent that much on my chickens new home. I have a raccoon problem here. Since my girls have been in it, I have not lost one chicken to raccoons. [​IMG]

    Didn't you set some silkie eggs? Have they hatched yet or is it any day now? I just set 12 Lavender silkie eggs from a fellow BYCer Nov 11, 2011.
    This will be my 3rd try at hatching them. I hope I will have better luck this time around. I will be watching them very closely come hatch time!

    Gayle
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I use either Ivermectin Pour On or Permethrin 10% spray. For me its easier than the dust, and im not breathing it in. Ivermectin is .25 or so cc on the skin, either on the back of the neck or under the wing. Lasts about 6 weeks.

    Permethrin 10% gets mixed in either a pump sprayer or a spray bottle and the birds are sprayed down, residue lasts on the birds about 30 days.
     
  5. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We shampoo'd our Silkie hen with diluted Adam's flea and tick dog shampoo first; when wet, you can clearly see any scabs which need attention, and clearly assess her condition (Is she bony? Is her vent covered in scabs from the mites? Are there scaly leg mites?)

    then you get to blow dry her while somebody removes all the bedding and wooden parts of her coop, to replace and dust with the sevin. We used ProZap poultry and garden dust with permethrin, it works great.

    After the chickens and the coop are mite free, dust their favorite dustbath places in the ground.

    Once the chickens are clean, dry and smell like new puppies you will feel GREAT, because you had a bad problem BUT YOU CONQUERED IT! [​IMG]

    *note* be extra careful blow drying to not burn your chicken.
     
  6. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I also use sevin dust and it works great
     
  7. MimiChick

    MimiChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used both Seven and Permethren and found either works well to treat an infestation. The best preventive method I've found is a dust bath with wood ash. It seems to work a lot like DE to keep the bugs from getting to the infesting stage. And dust bathing is a natural habit for birds.
     

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