What do you use for ticks and lice? And how do you apply it to your. .

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KauAnnie, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. KauAnnie

    KauAnnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you use for ticks and lice and how do you apply it to your chickens.

    I suspect that one of my small silkies have lice but I dont know for sure. So I would like to clean them and theyre area just to be sure.

    Thanks!
     
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poultry protector, poultry dust, and i have even heard of washing with cat flea shampoo. Be sure to also clean out the whole coop area, run, nest boxes and spray the entire area with a safe pest solution. (remove your birds first)
     
  3. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    The first video on this link is so adorable! It looks like the chicken enjoys it. I think it is from England or Australia, because they call DE 'Diatom'. DE is another thing you can use to dust your chicks. Haven't seen all the examples on this link---it was the first one that I had seen awhile back.

    http://www.brooklynfeed.com/2011/05/dusting-your-chicken-for-mites/
     
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  4. Echobabe

    Echobabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use food grade Diatomaceous Earth. I put it in their nests, their food and sprinkle it on the wood shavings in their coop. This keeps a lot of parasites down.
     
  5. KauAnnie

    KauAnnie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And its fine for them (and us) to inhale this?
     
  6. Echobabe

    Echobabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The food grade is safe for us. I am asthmatic so I am very careful about dust. You don't need to use a lot on the floor. I sprinkle it on the roosts, too, to kill any mites. It is finely ground up fossilized sea shells. The sharp edges cut the soft underbellies of insects, dehydrating them to death. I keep some in the feed so I don't get moth larva. You can apply it directly on your pets, I just try to apply it so the dust doesn't go directly in their face. I use it in my garden as well.

    The non-food grade DE is full of silica. DO NOT use that! I spread it throughout my house years ago to control fleas and it my lungs were a mess!
     

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