Chook Pen Mites and Lice - Treatments.

Discussion in 'Chooks' started by nick, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. nick

    nick New Member

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    this should probably be a new thread, but how did you deal with the mites?
    My favourite bird is the mandarin duck, but if we are talking chooks I am looking at old english game bantams and sebrights. The sebrights as they are a very good looking bird and a decent size so should not freak out with my dogs around. The Old english game bantams because they are like big quail and are also quiet attractive but I worry about the skittishness(?) of them and also there ability to still get pretty vertical eg over fences.
    Nick
  2. bushboy

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    Re: Rare Chicken Rescue

    Hi Nick - I led you astray a bit - I actually had lice when I checked further on the net
    (my daughter had rung her vet who told her it was mites)

    Anyway - I used Ivermectin in their drinking water - good for worms anyway apparently
    and I liberally dusted the roosting area with a Sulphur/Rotenone powder from the local produce store.
    The straw was removed and replaced of course.

    Today I checked some of them and there was a few lice still evident so I dusted the chooks directly.

    However - a more experienced chook keeper has given me these instructions for mites
    ( thanks to Tony James - Tamborine Sustainable Gardeners Society)

    1. to test if you have them - hold your hand under the nesting material for 10 seconds - if
    you get covered in crawlies you have a problem with mites!
    2. dose each chook with 1/2 squirt of Drontal on back of neck.
    3. change nesting area/pen for a few weeks while further action is taken.
    4. provide them with some fine washed sand to bathe in.
    5 .malawash spray roosting area -double strength - saturate the area
    6. wait 3 days
    7. Sprinkle hydrated lime liberally in roosting area
    8. wait 1 week
    9. blow out lime from roosting area before chooks return
    10. 0.5ml paramectin each chook back of neck on returning them

    I haven't done this yet as I had already purchased Ivermectin and the Sulphur/Rotenone
    and probably have "only" got lice.

    Thanks for mentioning those breeds - the old english game appeals to me but I will look up
    the other ones you mentioned

    Tom
  3. nick

    nick New Member

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    okay lice not mites,
    I agree with the Ivermectin, but would recommend directly dosing them orally. Weigh each chook calculate dosage and then dose using a syringe or crop needle.
    For lice Ivermectin is the best product.

    I would reconsider using that protocol that was given to you.

    A few points of fault.
    Drontal is usually an oral wormer used in dogs and cats, and while very effective in this role will do very little to lice.
    The malawash is most likely an organo-phosphate and thus is not likely to be organic, also i would not use it personally as it can affect the health of the person. It interferes with the transmission of neural signalling.
    The paramectin is also not as good a product as the ivermectin and is half as safe in cases of overdosing.

    I would stick with the ivermectin and change to direct oral dosing. It will work and is safe.
    I am not very good with the treatment of the lice and mites on chooks specifically but am sure of the other details.

    Hope this helps with the lice, and keen to see the outcome,
    Nick
  4. bushboy

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    Thanks Nick - do you know if you need to dispose of chook eggs for awhile after using ivermectin?

    Tom
  5. bushboy

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    I mean not eat them!!
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    don't know, will have a look,
    nick
  7. bushboy

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    looked for lice again yesterday - none evident so looks like the ivermectin in the water for 3 days
    and liberal dusting with rotenone/sulphur in the roost area and around the chook bums has done the trick

    no doubt the little blighters will be back though

    Tom
  8. Troy Armfield

    Troy Armfield New Member

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    I used Exelpet from Coles. The very small tube did all ten chooks. 2 drops behind there neck and the lice was gone within 2 days. including in there nesting area. told my family about it and was told thats how they controlle them. that was 9 months ago and have never had any issues with lice since.
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    Eprinex, couple of drops to the neck and spray coopex in the pen
  10. Mark Menkens

    Mark Menkens New Member

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    Google a product called Dietomacious earth, brilliant stuff!!
  11. Thomo

    Thomo New Member

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    Have you tried the Neem Products?
  12. Mark Menkens

    Mark Menkens New Member

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    No I haven't. This is the best product I've ever come across! Can dust the chooks in it and put it in with their food as well.

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