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Facts and myths about lice on chickens and birds

Although there is much information on the internet, it is not always very clear what the facts or fables are about lice on birds and chickens. Therefore we have made a list of some facts and fables about lice on chickens and birds for you.


  1. Lice occur only in the warm months

Fable, lice on birds and chickens also occur in winter. In the warmer months lice can reproduce better, so it is logical that then the lice problem is greater. But nits (eggs) can also survive in the winter months. They will hatch as soon as the weather gets warmer. Therefore it may look as if there are no longer any lice present, but there are still nits in the seams and cracks.

How can you prevent this? By acting preventatively against lice. In winter it is sufficient to spray once every 10 weeks. In summer we advise spraying once every 6 to 8 weeks to make the animals’ environment unattractive to lice.

  1. Once you have a lice problem, you will never get rid of it

Fable, it is possible to get rid of lice provided you persist. A lice problem is stubborn and demands much attention to get rid of it. But you will see that in time the lice will become less numerous and then will disappear completely.  But you have to treat in two ways: Make the environment unattractive with the Finecto+ Protect spray and also treat your chickens and birds with Finecto+ Oral, because with the spray you cannot reach the lice on the birds and chickens. But with Finecto+ Oral you can, because it makes the blood unattractive for lice. Prevention is still better than cure.

  1. Insecticides do not solve the problem

Fact, insecticides (chemical pesticides) do not work. In the first place these chemicals do not attach themselves to the surface. Lice become active at night, so when you spray the chemicals during the day you will not reach the lice. In addition to that, lice can become resistant to insecticides. So after a while you can spray as much as you want, but your problem doesn’t get away.

  1. Lice on birds and chickens can be transferred to humans

Fact, but lice cannot reproduce on human blood; therefore they will also disappear quickly. They do however cause a great nuisance and can cause skin irritations in people who are allergic to the lice of chickens.

  1. You can see lice in the cage during the day

Fable, when you do not treat with Finecto+ Oral, you cannot see the lice during the day. When you do provide Finecto+ Oral to your chickens, you can see lice during the day. Then lice can no longer hide and their reaction is to run.

  1. When you no longer see any lice, you no longer need to provide treatment

Fable, prevention is better than cure. In addition, there still may be nits and larvae in the seams and cracks. When these nits hatch, it is better to have sprayed the cage beforehand so that they cannot develop into adult lice which lay eggs.

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