front line for chickens

josieoh-05July 17, 2010

I took 3 roosters to a livestock sale today and got to talking to another chicken person. This guy told me he always uses front line plus on his chickens for mites. I had never heard of this, I usually dust a little sevin on mine. Has anyone else use the front line?


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flowerchild59(z6b IL)

I read on another site that you use three drops(on the skin not the feathers) of the cat frontline. You have to not eat the eggs for awhile. I don't know all the details.
Frontline would be useful for mites, lice and the such.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 10:41AM
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If you were keeping the roos for yourself that's one thing, but I think ANY livestock or domestic animal going into a sale should be kept chemical free for a certain amount of time, because you don't know if someone is going to butcher it immediately or not. And, they don't know what you have used so can't make a decision whether it's safe to eat or not. Large animals often have that regulation imposed on them going into an auction situation, but suspect fowl doesn't get the same consideration.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 12:51PM
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sandykk(z6 MD)

You can always dust them with Sevin, less expensive. I just had to do it once when I first got mine, they must have come with lice as pullets. Now I use food grade DE in their nest boxes and in the pine shavings on the floor of the coop. It also helps keep the flies gone.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 1:07PM
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Calliope, My roosters did not have any chemicals on them when i sold them. I agree with everything you said. The guy I was talking to at the sale just told me about the frontline. I have used sevin a couple of times in the past on a few birds, but never before I sold them. Sandykk, I have heard a lot of good things about DE. I can not find it where I live, but I did order some about 2 days ago.
Thanks Josieoh-05

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 1:22PM
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flowerchild59(z6b IL)

I use food grade DE in my feed, on the roosts and nest boxes, and in the dust bath areas. It is a nice product to have around. I keep it stored with my feed so it is readily assessible to use.
I would rather use something natural like DE than have a bird going out of its birdy brain with mites and lice. If I have to resort to chemicals, I read, read, read then make an informed decision to use or not use that product.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 4:14PM
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Frontline is an extremely strong poison. any tick or flea that comes in contact with your pets hair coat will die within 18 hours of first contact with a treated pet. It probably will not kill a healthy person dead but I would sure be angry if I ate the chicken and found out later.

For some person with a medical problem it probably could be life threatening. Some people are very sensitive to things and must be very careful.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2010 at 7:29AM
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try permethrin, cheaper, and the main ingredient in frontline for dogs, do not use on cats and the lable says don't eat the eggs for 5-7 days

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 8:23PM
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Rescued an adult rooster who had frostbite to his toes. Brought him to a vet who treated his mites with puppy Revolution, amazing it worked. Put it in the same place between his wings.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 11:55AM
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What is DE?

    Bookmark   June 8, 2012 at 1:47PM
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