Will neem oil get rid of Lice?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sophia5, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Sophia5

    Sophia5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens is infested with Lice and I'm just wondering if Neem Oil will get rid of the Lice?

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  2. thechooks22

    thechooks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im not sure but i my hen had REALLY bad lice and most of the feathers from the bottom of her tail to between her legs all where covered in lice eggs i took me 3 weeks to find out she had lice and by then she had introduced it to my whole flock of just under 30 i bathed them all in tea tree oil and i havent found any on them since so thats one thing you could try
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  3. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, neem oil will, but you need to make sure you've got the right sort for it --- not cooked, not too diluted, not too adulterated (or if it is, adulterated with the right things), etc. There's neem oil made from various parts of the plant. I used neem seed oil (cold pressed) to rid my cat of a nearly fatal infestation of blue pigeon lice.
     
  4. Sophia5

    Sophia5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Guys!! :D
     
  5. Tacampbell1973

    Tacampbell1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sorry to conversation hop but am suffering through nearly trhe same problem with my hen. She is infested BAD. I used Poultry Protector fromWalmart and wrapped her in a white towel to see if it was working. About 10-12 large adult lice came off her, but there are still a lot of little young white baby lice near her eyes that I have been trying to pick off via a q-tip. I am frustrated as I look at her feather shafts and see them coated with nits and know that it is only a matter of time before they hatch. So far none of my other birds have got them, but the flip side is that I have picked like 6 off of myself now and am completelycreeped out. As well as ****** off that the lady that had her before didn't notice. I have no idea how long this poor bird has suffered but I intend to do whatever i can to help. Her and Me.How do I get tea tree oil and how to apply it?Please help as we are both miserable.
     
  6. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use Sevin dust 5%,be cautious of tea tree oil,it can be fatal to chickens. Here is a link dealing with mites/lice.

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification.html
     
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  7. thechooks22

    thechooks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh really :( ....
     
  8. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Caution is always important. Too much of anything in incorrect application is fatal. Too much water, too much oxygen, etc... ;)

    It's an imaginative or just plain ignorant person who killed a chook with tea tree oil --- another reason to do research into amounts before using. Essential oils and insecticidal plant extracts can of course be potentially harmful or fatal in some cases if consumed. However, nobody tells anyone to pour a bottle down a chook. But if you're used to chemical drenching and aren't big on researching, it could be a mistake you make.

    Even the most important things for health and life can kill if overdosed. But underdose can also be fatal, and more often is, than overdose. No sense in fretting, just learn the amounts... For example if you force feed a chicken garlic, garlic, garlic and nothing else for months you could kill it. But in smaller doses, what the chicken wants to consume, it's not harmful, and saves lives from both parasites and diseases. Moderation...
     
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  9. thechooks22

    thechooks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I washed it off after i put it on .....but thanks for letting me know
     
  10. ten chicks

    ten chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Essential Tea Tree oil is toxic to avians,and other mammals. Can be fatal if ingested,this is a fact,other reports state that it can be fatal by being absorbed through the skin.
     

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