There’s actually a gray sky and rain is really happening, in Phoenix! What a nice change. It’s been super cool here too, another oddity. The flock is a bit out of sorts however, as much as they would like to look for bugs in the rain, they are all cooped up in the barn. After a bout with mites, and a lengthy treatment I might add, the last thing they need is to be wet. Lucky for them, rain doesn’t linger here, it most likely will be over today… then for possibly months.
The girls seem happy enough in confinement, they have fresh shavings to play in, and of course, special treats in the feeder to keep them busy.
Overwhelmed with the controversial information on effectively treating chickens for parasites? I don’t blame you, been there! I have to admit I’m not a fan of all the natural stuff, so if you are, the information in this article is probably not for you. Natural is okay for management purposes, but when there’s an infestation problem, I want super fast and effective results.
Below are the articles I found to be most helpful AND successful in treating my flock for mites, lice, or whatever they had… I’m still not actually sure. All I know is they are GONE. After much conflicting research, I found these 3 articles the most helpful. Using the information gathered here there and everywhere, I chose my treatment plan, which is detailed in article #1.
The information given here should not be considered as professional advice. Where there is conflicting information, you should always follow the advice of your vet.
#1 Dosages of the Good Stuff… for Chickens with Parasites | TBN Ranch
Natural remedies just don’t cut it in many cases, tried them all and found them to be only minimally successful. If you have a real problem sometimes you just have to get out the big guns so to speak and use what works… Continue Reading
#2 Ivermectin – For Worms, Lice & Mites | poultrykeeper.com
Ivermectin is an anti-parasite medication, effective against most worms (not tapeworm), mites and some lice including scaly leg mite and northern fowl mite. Ivermectin pour-on / drops is applied to the skin… Continue Reading
#3 PARASITE CONTROL IN POULTRY | Dr Colin Walker BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, MACVSc (Avian health)
Parasites of concern in poultry are roundworm, hairworm and tapeworm, Coccidia and lice and mites. Worms are extremely common, particularly in free-range poultry. Being a primary parasite, they drain the birds of nutrition, causing ill-thrift, a general failure to thrive, a vulnerability to other diseases, and, in severe infections, death. Continue Reading
When you Need Real Help, Here’s the Article! Warning: Don’t read if you’re into all that natural stuff.
Use this information at your own risk, we are not medical professionals.
Natural remedies just don’t cut it in many cases, tried them all and found them to be only minimally successful. If you have a real problem sometimes you just have to get out the big guns so to speak and use what works… drugs, chemicals, and whatever, as far as I’m concerned. I want fast, effective, and what’s readily available at most feed stores and/or online. Problem is how to use these products, because as you may already know, there’s not much information on dosages for chickens. It’s pretty much a guessing game. Also, good luck finding a veterinarian who knows.. or even has a slight clue about treating chickens. So, we do what we can to help our flocks, then we share information that may be helpful to other chicken keepers. Here’s my story to share…
MAJOR Feather Loss and the Use of Ivermectin
I spent two days looking for help on the dosage for Ivermectin to treat my flock for some sort of mite, internal parasite, or whatever, didn’t know. Topical applications weren’t working and natural treatments were a giant waste of time. In my opinion, this meant Ivermectin would be the best choice for treatment.
Not surprised to find there was nothing on the label for treating chickens, only livestock. Finally, I just took the word of a chicken keeper who was quite convincing that 4cc’s of injectable (not pour on) Ivermectin to a gallon of drinking water for 2 days would do the trick. Then, repeat treatment in 14 days.
I followed her instructions to clean the coop thoroughly and then confine the birds with the treated water. I sprayed the coop first with Pyrethrin according to the label dilution for treating mites. Nasty stuff, but sorry folks, sometimes that’s what it takes.
Well, it worked. Nobody died, and I saw improvement over the next 3 days. Injectable Ivermectin (not pour on) is sold at Tractor Supply. Costs about $30. but it will keep a long time. I’m not a vet, just saying it worked for me when I was desperate to find a solution to my flocks problem.
How long to withdraw from eating eggs? Don’t really know, but I will be throwing away eggs until treatment is over, and then wait another 30-45 days at least before consuming eggs.