Treating Lice in Homesteading Chickens
Let’s review how a person would go about treating lice in homesteading chickens is an effective manner.
Almost all chickens have external parasites especially lice, which live on the skin present under their feathers. The lice that live on chickens are different from those that are found on the scalps of children. There are 40 to 50 species of lice found on domestic poultry, which are all soft-bodied, pale-coloured, flattened-bodied insects. None suck blood, but they do have mouth parts that chew on feathers and scales from the skin. If there’s a large population of lice living on your hen, they will cause irritation and can be so annoying that the bird will fail to thrive. Poultry have ways to keep these parasites under control. The important techniques that help us to treat chickens infected with parasites include:
Cooled wood ash and Dirt mixture in the Coop area: This will help the bird get more of a dust bath and suffocate the parasite (lice)
The use of Sevin: Sevin is a toxic chemical helps to get the scrounging lice off the chicken’s feathers.
Sprinkling of Dichotomous Earth (DE): The DE cuts the lice and kills them therefore sprinkling it over the chickens might prove to be useful for eliminating the lice.
Preening: Along with dust baths, your hens keep their parasite load to a healthy minimum by preening.
Bathing the hen: Sometimes the lice can be large and numerous in quantity that they irritate the skin and ruin the hen’s feathers to the point that even preening cannot remove them. Bathing your hen is the best option in this case. The hen may not get well completely after bathing but will surely get relaxed and comfortable.
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