Mites & Lice on Birds
I can't find any discussions posted on this subject on the forum. I may have referenced it in the whitewashing a coop and some other places, but nothing seems to be dedicated to this subject...at least nothing lately.
I just (like 2 days ago "just") brought bird lice (little whitish, fast, skinny insects that hate light) into the house on a cleaned incubator that I am using for lockdown. I must have put it down to dry outside in a place where a wild bird came to visit. We have too many sparrows, so undoubtedly that's the source. I am not seeing any lice elsewhere, just around and on this incubator. Undoubtedly inside now as well. Unfortunately, I have new peachicks hatching in this incubator, so the lice have brand new blood. :( So, an instant infestation.
So now, I am looking for an acceptable solution. I don't like ivermectin use on birds as much as it works well according to the mighty inyernet & people that I know who dont mind chemical use on their birds. I've also read that as much as it is off label (but popular) use, it should not be used on new chicks. So, no matter what, natural is the way to go.
I have garlic water (the sulfur repels) ready to go (3-4 finely cut up cloves in 1.5 L water, let sit 3 hrs). This will be there to drink & I may use it for a topical spray too. I have fine garlic powder that I can put into the feed. I can give a dust bath of play sand, coffee grounds (see imbedded post), ash and maybe some herbs of powdered sage, oregano, thyme & mint. I suspect they will eat these if any particles are intact, 🤔). I WILL NOT use DE with my birds because it can harm their delicate lungs. I also will not promote the practice. There are other much safer alternative alternatives. Peppermint essential oil may also harm birds, so be aware of that when it is recommended.
I still have hemp mats that I can put in as bedding. This will repel the bugs (they hate it), and keep the cage dry.
I found some other ideas that include dipping birds in a vinegar-water solution and more. I think that if I can find lemons soon enough (I wish I had lemons on my little tree!), I might try the lemon rind spray idea.
I will post the links of what I've found below on both mites & lice.
So first of all:
Happy reading. 😬
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