We've never had this issue before and I can't help but wonder if having goats in the same barnyard as the chickens has made the difference or if it is because this was an unusually wet winter and spring for us. Regardless, I have a MASSIVE flea problem (I'm assuming they are fleas as that's what they look like, jump like, and bite like but are really easy to squish?) and egg production is almost nothing (having most of the birds go broody all at once doesn't help either). The flea prob gets esp bad under the broodies while they're laying on eggs. Has anyone had to deal with this? Did you figure out a way to fix it w/o using Permethrin? My local feed store said they would go straight to Permectrin II becasue it works --- I'm hesitant to use it but not sure if I should be. We have baby goats and one doe who is still pregnant, if I use this stuff I wouldn't use it near them. I don't see any fleas ON the goats but perhaps I should wash them? (that should be real interesting...)
Ideas if you have them would be SO much appreciated! Thanks mamas!
ps there is a MAD amount of DE in there already, hasn't helped as far as I can tell.
Edited by Erinz - 6/9/11 at 10:43am