Natural Ways to Control Infestation
Never introduce new birds to your flock without making sure they are parasite and disease free.
Bird droppings are a magnet for disease. Remember, several times a year you need to do a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the entire bird house. Thoroughly remove all bedding and litter from coop. It is highly recommended that all debris be removed from premises or burned. Spray everything with KG BIRD SPRAY™, including cracks and crevices. Each and every bird, regardless of infestation, should be sprayed or dipped in KG BIRD SPRAY™. Ask about discounts given on large quantity’s
It is recommended that grounds around poultry house also be sprayed with KG Bird Spray™.
Painting the roost will help to combat chicken mites and bed bugs. It is very difficult to know what parasite has infected your birds since one parasite can mimic another. Using a magnifying glass will help you identify your infestation.
The order of Siphonaptera family Leptopsyllidae genus Leptosylla is a flea that lives on birds. Visible indication of fleas or mites is aggressive behavior, constant scratching, reduced egg production, lack of appetite and lack of feathers. The family Ceratophyllidae flea lives on rodents. It is very common that rodent fleas can also live on birds.
The order of Pediculus family is a small invertebrate parasite. They are flattened and wingless parasites that feed on warm-blooded animals. No flock is ever 100% parasite free. We do not live in a sterile environment so control is a must!
Mites & Lice
Mites and lice commonly travel to chickens, game birds and turkeys via wild birds such as sparrows, black birds and pigeons, to name a few. Wild birds carry disease and parasites that can be easily transferred to your flock. Rodents also carry diseases and parasites. On both types of carrying hosts parasites can live for several weeks to months, mating, hatching and transferring to your birds. No farm is immune to unwanted outsiders like mice, rats or wild birds. Mites are related to the tick family. There are 20,000 species of mites known as arthropod invertebrates sub class Acari (eight legs two body parts). Lice, on the other hand, have three parts: head, thorax and abdomen with six legs. There are one million species of lice.
Ammonia is an 'immuno-suppressant' damaging the 'air sacs' and shutting down the immune system in birds, leaving them defenceless to respiratory diseases. Ammonia produces high stress levels and increases mortality rates.
KG Bird Spray™ controls ammonia odour and eliminates its harmful effects on the birds by improving air quality in the poultry house. It can also reduce electrical use caused by running fans in the poultry house.
It is also a great way to clean away adult flies from in and around bird droppings.