What to do about Lice?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CuzChickens, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello guys!

    So, I was checking a chicken to see if she was laying eggs, aaaand, she had lice all around her vent.:th I put Diatomaceous Earth in their dust bathing area, is there anything else I can do for them? I am trying to go natural if at all possible, but any help would be appreciated. TIA
     
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    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I use wood ash...But also I use Dominion Dusting Powder on hens..In the coop and on roost...I have a new flock this year that is mite/lice free...

    Good luck
     
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    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Thank you for the answer! Is Dominion Dusting powder natural? Is there a withdrawal period for it? And do you put it in their dust bating area, or do you individually dust each and every one?
     
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    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    It is not all natural...I put it on each bird...Vent and under wings...Wear rubber gloves and a dust mask...Do not use eggs for 7 days...
    Can be repeated in 4 weeks...I put it around the edges of my coop and on the roost when I do my twice a year clean out...
    Put the wood ash in the Dusting area...It helps...I have zero bug problems...
     
  5. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    I can eat the eggs while using wood ash though, right? I just had my hens start laying and I am barely able to keep them fed even with selling eggs, so I do not think I can afford to throw out the eggs for a week if at all possible. But I will probably try the wood ash.
     
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    You can rub your hens vent area and under wings with the ash and then put it in the dusting area...

    Good luck....I like all natural too but hate bugs more!

    It should help?
     
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    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Yes...eat the eggs!
     
  8. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Ok, thank you for your advice, Wood ash..Is is literally ash from burning wood, or is it like bark from a tree called wood ash and where can I get it?
     
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    From your fire pit...I always clean out our fire pit and wood stoves and strait to the coop it goes....Hens love it..I sort of mix it with the sand a bit...Its great...
     
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    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Thank you so much! Off to do it now!
     

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