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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:58 pm 
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looking for some different ways to approach the issue of stick fast fleas...............

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:05 pm 
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Well - funny you should ask! i have struggled with Stickfast Fleas over the years and this year i had a brainwave. AND it seems to be working! I am fed up with having to treat all my chooks every week through summer so I have devised a self treatment area. I have put lots of straw into a confined area (so it doesn't go everywhere), liberally sprinkled poultry dust through it and sprinkled some wheat on top. The chooks are very happily scratching and digging looking for the wheat and covering themselves in straw and poultry dust. The fleas are not gone, but the numbers are greatly reduced. i just add some more dust and wheat as needed. Why didn't I think of this before??

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:29 pm 
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that sounds brilliant!

what sort of confined area do you use?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:08 pm 
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It varies. In the main (biggest) pen I have put deep litter in the night shed so that keeps it pretty contained. In the rooster pen I have put it at one end (it is a long fairly narrow shed), and for the silkies, after trying a sort of 300 high penned area and failing (shock and horror - something NEW!! - stay away from that!) I now have it under the perches and they are happy scratching in it!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:28 pm 
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ohhhhhhhh cool

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I have Pyrethrum Daisies and Tansy which self seed here so I try to control it by cutting them down before it goes to seed. The flower heads and foliage all goes into the pens, hopefully adding some repellent to the deep litter


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Sounds a good idea! Do you think it works/helps?

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i like that idea sue55.

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Please note that I didn't say this (touch wood). Never had fleas or mites in the pens. I do have a large resident spider population in the pens which I believe helps - so I avoid spraying. I've either been lucky or the herbage helps?
I know the fleas are around. The cats ocassionally get 'rabbit fleas' on their ears (which I think are the same).


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:33 pm 
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yes - rabbit fleas are stickies. Good news re the chookies then!

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