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bob smith
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fleas

Post by bob smith » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:22 am

Hi,thanks for the welcomes!
I keep domestic chickens and recently i have had a problem with flea infestation!!(not me.. the hen house!!) any advice on treating the hen house and birds would be very welcome
(i bet it makes you want to scratch just reading this!)
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Re: fleas

Post by Lily the Pink » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:26 am

bob smith wrote:Hi,thanks for the welcomes!
I keep domestic chickens and recently i have had a problem with flea infestation!!(not me.. the hen house!!) any advice on treating the hen house and birds would be very welcome
(i bet it makes you want to scratch just reading this!)
Thanks
Can't help directly with the fleas, but I can help you to reduce odours and wet litter in the hen house... makes cleaning them out a much more pleasant job, and helps the resultant litter break down more quickly and efficiently.

Regards
Charlotte

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Post by Lumpkin » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:33 am

Being no expert on anything, let alone chickens, I would imagine that the best thing to do would be clear out the chicken house completely and spray it with a decent insecticide while thoroughly dosing your birds with a good quality louse and flea powder. Where do you usually buy your poultry supplies?
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Re: fleas

Post by Lord Muck » Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:40 am

Lily the Pink wrote:
bob smith wrote:Hi,thanks for the welcomes!
I keep domestic chickens and recently i have had a problem with flea infestation!!(not me.. the hen house!!) any advice on treating the hen house and birds would be very welcome
(i bet it makes you want to scratch just reading this!)
Thanks
Can't help directly with the fleas, but I can help you to reduce odours and wet litter in the hen house... makes cleaning them out a much more pleasant job, and helps the resultant litter break down more quickly and efficiently.

Regards
Charlotte
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Post by Lord Muck » Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:47 pm

Hi Bob and welcome.

What part of Norwich are you from ?
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Post by Waldorf » Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:32 pm

Fleas and Mites:

Another reason hens will stop laying eggs is if they have an
infestation. Every4 weeks you should pick each hen up and examine them. Gently
pull the feathers apart below their vent and look for any signs of fleas or mites. Fleas
are longer, about 1 or 2mm and you can see these moving around. Mites are smaller
and darker and appear as a mass of dark. There are lots of different powders or
treatments you can try including;

• Spot on (fipro nil) as drops on the back of the hen’s neck
• Organic powders or diatomaceous earth ie Diamite
• Cat flea sprays (make sure you avoid contact with the vent)
• Garlic and Ginger given regularly— a clove a day for a week, then a break of
4/5 weeks is a good all-round tonic and can guard against fleas/mites. Just
roughly chop the garlic and ginger and mix with feed.
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