What is the best way to get rid of bird lice?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Picklestix7866, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Songster

    Feb 20, 2009
    Thawing Minnesota
    I just discovered my chickens have lice. [​IMG] They are the little yellow crawly kind. What is the best way to get rid of them? What product do you suggest using? I see a lot of people say "Seven' but I have no idea what that is or where to find it. I have about 10 Silkies and 6 laying hens, plus four wyandottes in a different pen that also have lice. Ugh!

    Also, do lice not live as easily on Silkies? I never seem to see lice on them, just on the laying hens.

    Please please give me any suggestions you may have!
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Sorry picklestix that your chicken have lice.
    The 4 most often measures I've seen posted with success are using Sevin, Poultry dust, Adams flea & tick shampoo, and Frontline spray.

    Sevin is a garden dust, You can find it at your garden store

    Poultry dust at the feed store

    Whatever you use you will need to retreat in 10-14 days

    I don't know about silkies- maybe lice doesn't like the soft feathers?

    You will also need to clean and treat the coop/roosts etc.

    Good luck

  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    5% Sevin dust. Sold at Wal-mart, feed stores, plant nurseries, Ace hardware, etc.
  4. Dylan's Silkies

    Dylan's Silkies Songster

    Jun 16, 2010
    You can wash them with human lice shampoo. It'll kill the lice on the birds within minutes. Be careful to not get it in their eyes and wash thoroughly on their heads and vent area. Let it soak in the bird for a few minutes before rinsing.

    This will kill any live ones but you'll need to wash them again with the shampoo in 14 days once the eggs hatch since the shampoo doesn't kill the eggs.

    Also, you'll need to clean the coops by doing what others have suggested.

    To prevent lice/mites in the future, use Frontline spray. Spray directly on the skin on top of their head, spray near the vent area about 2 inches below it (BUT not in the vent because it'll make the bird sterile), then spray under each of their wings. This should keep the lice/mites away. When you spray, it should be directly on skin so make sure you hold the nozzle close to the skin area so it doesn't spray all over their feathers. You want contact with the skin.
  5. Kovalciks Chickens

    Kovalciks Chickens Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    Richmond, Michigan
    Take a large paper brown bag put some 7 garden dust in there, add the chicken, close the top, shake the bag....gently. They close their eyes and the dust rubbs against the mites cutting their skin and killing them. Or you can sprinkle some on their back and rub it in. The first way is more effective though.
  6. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Songster

    Feb 20, 2009
    Thawing Minnesota
    Thank you all for your suggestions! I think I will probably go out and buy some Seven dust when I can find it. In the meantime I have some Permectrin dust. Do any of you know if I can mix it with water so I can spray it? I absolutely hate dealing with the dust. It just flies everywhere and gets in my face and on my clothes.

    Keep the suggestions coming!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Make sure you are wearing a mask if you use dust. Can be nasty to the lungs

  8. 888

    888 In the Brooder

    May 14, 2010
    I have used several ways to treat my chicken from lice
    and that is a pesticde that is used for kiling Ants and Insects
    which we have in our area but I dont know if iot is available in the
    States and that is in the form of powder which can be rubbed into their
    feathers and it will sur kill the Lice.
    Another way is to buy this product that has some kind of a Chemical
    that is specialy made to kill Lice " 8-1 Bird protector " which protects them from Lice and Mites
    which I think you can find in your pet store but you will need more than one
    depending on the size of the cage you have
    All the Best

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