I have been reading up on organic solutions for lice and came across an article that recommends soaking hen for 5 minutes in a solution of salt water, then soak for another 5 minutes in dish washing liquid and water, and repeat in two weeks. The only problem here is that my hens are free range in my backyard (as an organic solution to slugs, etc) and are ex battery hens, so they are not easily picked up without causing stress. They will come around my feet but if I try to pick them up they run. I have purchased lice powder from the vet in the past (before converting to organic) and find that a pain to dust them thoroughly and the idea of the powders residue in my organic garden does not sit well with me. Which got me thinking, does the chicken lice have a natural predator?
I have read a little bit on mites that are used to control red chicken mites, but I assume that red chicken mites and chicken lice are two different things.
So are they different? And, does anybody know of a predator i can introduce to my hens that may control these lice?