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Pest Prevention & Treatment

by | Jun 8, 2021 | Meyer Moment

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about pest prevention and treatment. Chickens are superstars at controlling all sorts of small pests, such as ticks and other bugs, but they can become bothered by others such as mites or parasites. These are naturally found in all chicken-keeping situations, but an overload or infestation is when treatment steps need to be taken.

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about pest prevention and treatment. Chickens are superstars at controlling all sorts of small pests, such as ticks and other bugs, but they can become bothered by others such as mites or parasites. These are naturally found in all chicken-keeping situations, but an overload or infestation is when treatment steps need to be taken.  

To know if anything is affecting the health of your flock, chickens tend to give clues. Feather loss, a drop in egg production, hesitancy to go into their coop, abnormal droppings, weight loss, or even weakness and death, are all signs that something is amiss. 

Diagnosing your own flock can be difficult, as many ailments have very similar symptoms. For help with a diagnosis, seek out an avian vet or your local extension office. Here at Meyer Hatchery, we highly recommend The Chicken Health Handbook by Gail Damerow whenever you have questions about chicken health.

Once you have a diagnosis of what is bugging your flock, it’s time for treatment. For internal parasites, there are a variety of poultry-specific treatments available. The right product for your flock can depend on which type of parasites are present in your flock and your approach to treatment. 

For a more natural approach, ZyFend A and Homeovet Wrm Clear work with the bird’s immune system to fight off internal parasites. If you desire a pharmaceutical approach, products containing fenbendazole are most common for poultry dealing with internal parasites. 

Pesky external parasites love to bother your chickens by making a home within their warm feathers. Different types of external pests include mites, lice, louse, and flies. Again, you can decide on your approach preference as natural or conventional. Most treatments for external parasites come as a dusting powder or liquid spray.

With all this talk about pests, it should be mentioned that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To prevent these bugs from invading your flock, preventative steps can help deter a major infestation. 

A coop that is regularly cleaned makes it harder for pests to move in. When cleaning, there are some wonderful products that can be used to control parasites, odors, and insects. Healthy Pen spray is all-natural and can be used with your hose. First Saturday Lime can be dusted around the outside perimeter of your coop, the floor inside, and in nesting boxes. Pest prevention can also be enhanced with dust bath additives, such as food-grade diatomaceous earth or lime.

We hope you enjoyed this Meyer Moment about pest prevention and treatment to help keep your flock healthy and bug-free!

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!

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Kendra
From Meyer Hatchery

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