Lice in Poultry
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What do Poultry Lice look like?
Poultry lice lay their eggs mainly around the thigh, breast and feathered vent areas of the bird's body. The eggs laid by poultry lice take between 4 and 7 days to hatch into nymphs, then a further 10 to 15 days to reach adulthood (after a number of moults). The female adult poultry louse can lay hundreds of eggs in its life time (which usually lasts not much more than 3-4 weeks). The poultry louse will spend its entire lifecycle on a single bird and are host-specific (will not usually infest human or our pets). If removed from its host, the poultry louse will not survive more than a few days, unless it transfers to another type of poultry.
Poultry lice are more commonly found on the weaker of birds or those that are unable to groom themselves properly (such as the injured or birds that have had their beaks trimmed). The presence of a severe lice infestation can cause poultry to produce fewer eggs, not feed properly (weight loss), develop ill heath (stress), sleep deprivation (due to itching & biting at night) and even cause fatalities. As poultry lice are usually more prevalent during autumn and winter time, bird's should be inspected and thoroughly checked for lice on a regular basis (some suggest fortnightly) to avoid infestations and dangerous outbreaks.
Poultry Lice Treatment
Thousands of people search to find out about different types of louse and how to get rid of them. Fortunately there are so many products available on line, you should be able to find what you want without too much of a problem. We hope that you have found this article on the poultry louse a useful guide and that any questions you may have had have been answered. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by these parasites and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Treatments and remedies should be sought after quickly and if you have crabs you should seek medical advice so they cannot be spread to others.
Poultry Lice Treatment
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