Winter cleaning of coop and treatment of lice

eggfooyung

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I have 5 laying hens. I just put one down, and she had a lot of lice, which means the others will shortly (or do already but they look really healthy). We have a foot of snow which precludes deep cleaning and power washing the coop. I can bathe the chickens and dust with poultry dust, but what are adequate cleaning steps for the coop given the weather conditions here in Maine?
 

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Permethrin dust works fine on the birds, and lice do spend most of their time on the birds, unlike some types of mites.
Use the permethrin spray on the coop, it's possible to treat the walls and roosts with it. The permethrin dust helps on/ in the bedding, but doesn't stick to vertical surfaces. Treat again in ten to fourteen days, and if it's possible to clean out the bedding, that would be a good idea too.
It's those cute little songbirds that bring in the lice or mites! Bah! Humbug!
Mary
 

eggfooyung

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Mar 2, 2009
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Permethrin dust works fine on the birds, and lice do spend most of their time on the birds, unlike some types of mites.
Use the permethrin spray on the coop, it's possible to treat the walls and roosts with it. The permethrin dust helps on/ in the bedding, but doesn't stick to vertical surfaces. Treat again in ten to fourteen days, and if it's possible to clean out the bedding, that would be a good idea too.
It's those cute little songbirds that bring in the lice or mites! Bah! Humbug!
Mary
Thank you’
 

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Permethrin dust works fine on the birds, and lice do spend most of their time on the birds, unlike some types of mites.
Use the permethrin spray on the coop, it's possible to treat the walls and roosts with it. The permethrin dust helps on/ in the bedding, but doesn't stick to vertical surfaces. Treat again in ten to fourteen days, and if it's possible to clean out the bedding, that would be a good idea too.
It's those cute little songbirds that bring in the lice or mites! Bah! Humbug!
Mary
Great info. I do power wash my coops once a years on good low humidity days when the weather's nice so the coops will dry out good. :oops: Otherwise I spray the coops thoroughly with permethrin. I also put the poultry dust in the nest boxes. If I discover any pest I treat weekly for 3 or 4 weeks. Permethrin and most insecticides don't kill the pests eggs so repeated treatments are necessary. The bonus is there is no egg withdrawal period. Good luck...
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