Last Saturday, my honey and I spent the whole day treating our chickens for lice & mites. We do this twice a year (Spring & Fall) unless we see a major outbreak of some kind. Everyone chicken owner has their own way of doing things. We treat with Pour-On Ivomec for the chickens and Sevin Dust in the coops. The Ivomec also treats for worms which is an added plus!
Using a small syringe needle, we put drops on the back of the chicken’s neck (on the skin under the feathers) and one drop on the skin under each wing. Our bantams get one drop on the neck and one under each wing. Our larger breeds get three drops on the neck and one under each wing. It’s time-consuming if you have as many chickens as we do (300+) but it gets the job done. It’s fairly easy to apply once you catch the chicken and doesn’t bother them in the least. Please note that eggs should not be eaten for two weeks after treatment.
If you have lice or mites present after two weeks, you should retreat. Lice and mites can be very dangerous to your poultry. It’s very important to treat your chickens if you see any. Since mites live in the nooks and crannies of the coop, it’s important to treat the coop as well. We give each coop a thorough dusting of Sevin dust (the walls, roosts, nest boxes, floor, everywhere) and change the shavings if necessary. You must treat the chickens and the coop at the same time or it’s all pointless!
Jeffers Pet has a great price on Ivomec. It’s getting increasingly more difficult to find it locally for me. They also have a rebate offer with it. Now is a great time to treat your flock so go ahead and get some to have on hand!