Lice or mites on chickens are a pain because infestations are usually heavy, and the insects' life cycle is difficult to thwart. However, there is a natural chicken lice and mite treatment with diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth for chickens works to effectively remove the mites and lice in a safe way. As the fine powder coats their coop, it begins to repel the existing lice or mites, while stopping the insects' egg cycle.
Diatomaceous earth consists of porous diatoms that will absorb moisture and deodorize the area. It's the absorbent properties of DE that are so effective in dehydrating insects, providing long-term protection from lice and mites.
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Be sure to clean the coop before you add diatomaceous earth for chickens. This prepares the environment to rid the coop of any mites or lice.
Diatomaceous Earth is only effective when it is in contact with the lice or mites. Lightly cover the floor of the coop. An applicator like the Hudson Poly Duster will make spreading diatomaceous earth easy. Make sure areas such as bedding, nest boxes and feeding areas receive special attention.
Some people have put DE in the dust bathing area. This is useful because the chickens will naturally bath themselves in the DE, continuing to treat the mite or lice problem.