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Diatomaceous earth

Post by Moriarty » 15 Nov 2012, 08:42

Is there an online supplier of diatomaceous earth in France? I'm worried about buying the wrong stuff which is apparently used for pools and is dangerous to the chooks.
One of mine has what I think are fleas ... very small, yellow/brown, oval but don't jump but got onto me and get everywhere, in my hair, etc. What can I dust her with, an over the counter preparation? Will cat flea powder do?
my chooks: Sage&Onion, Roger the randy cockerel, Squawkbox, Bonnie 'N' Clyde, Pancakes, Custard, Omelette & EggNog. Plus four garden cats and another half dozen feral ones that I feed. And a nursery of pipistrelle bats in the verandah roof ..

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Post by Henwife » 15 Nov 2012, 08:58

I shouldn't think cat flea powder would do any harm. I use ant powder if I have to dust a bird and it seems to work.
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Post by ladyplumber » 15 Nov 2012, 10:24

Henwife wrote:I use ant powder if I have to dust a bird and it seems to work.
I do too, can you get it in France ?
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Post by Moriarty » 15 Nov 2012, 13:26

yes ant powder is no problem to get here, it's the diam. earth that I was interested in. Does it really make a difference? MAJOR red mite problem here - however, have bit the bullet, saved my pennies and just today placed an order with Green Frog for their large chicken lodge. Hopefully being able to clean and hose regularly, dismantle and treat easily will solve this! Oh dear, I took up chickens as a cheap hobby and I spend more on them than I do on myself sometimes ... !!!
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Post by jaydee67 » 07 Dec 2012, 09:42

Got feather lice here too - horrible things! Treating with Xeno from the vets, not a cheap option!

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Post by drfish » 07 Dec 2012, 11:14

If you just look for food grade diatomaceous earth, you can't go wrong. The other stuff should be well marked as toxic.

But ant and flea powder should be fine. If it's safe on mammals, it's generally safe on chickens.
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Post by Lily » 07 Dec 2012, 13:45

Sounds like lice, my cock had them a few years ago.
A few sprays of Johnsons mite spray for caged birds killed them dead!
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Post by sarros » 01 Mar 2013, 10:19

Just get some louse powder from your local feed merchant e.g. Gamm Vert or Leclerc Animalerie. You need to dust them down every 5 days for 3 sessions (including all the birds that come into contact with the infected chook). Make sure you get the dust under their feathers and not just on the surface. Diatom will work too, but not found it over here.

Re the green frog house, redmite will live in that no probs. They can live anywhere where there are nooks and crannies, sorry :( I agree that they appear easy to dismantle and use a pressure washer on though.

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Post by Moriarty » 01 Mar 2013, 10:25

Thanks for all replies, will trot along to GammVert this morning and browse their selection. I'll also get some mite spray as well. The GreenFrog house is so easy to dismantle and clean and hose out, so I'm fairly confident that if there's red mite (not seen any so far) then I'm winning the battle against it.
my chooks: Sage&Onion, Roger the randy cockerel, Squawkbox, Bonnie 'N' Clyde, Pancakes, Custard, Omelette & EggNog. Plus four garden cats and another half dozen feral ones that I feed. And a nursery of pipistrelle bats in the verandah roof ..

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