That's a lot of work. I hope the mites are gone now.
I love the looks and stories about rough collies. We have one boxer left and she is amazing. I've said that I will take a break from indoor pets after she dies though. We have two barn cats, Barney and Scratchy. They don't bother the chickens but if I put out kitchen scraps they share. We have so much to do around here...
I'm getting anxious. The two shipped eggs are due to hatch tomorrow. Lockdown for the two Brabanters is tomorrow. I've played videos of chicks talking to see if the eggs respond. Slight wiggles. I can hardly wait.
Congrats to everyone on their hatchlings. @Storminthenight :did any of yours hatch?
I love our collies. My in-laws are a collie family, they've only ever had collies. They currently have three collies while we have two. I love Nico and Jaeger, but they're not allowed near the birds anymore!
I feel for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We had tons of rain this Summer. I had mites on the chickens, they got on the dogs and in my carpet and on me!!! UHG!!!!! I sprayed nests after cleaning before I put any straw back in, cleaned everything and the only thing that finally got rid of them was using tons of Sevin Dust on everything from nests, coops, under the trees where they dust, on them and yes, my carpet and pets too! What a chore that was and took two weeks.
So far it seems they're much reduced. You should have seen it Monday though, it was disgusting; I'd found where the mites were nesting (in between the joists for the roosts) and when I shifted them to the side the mites and their eggs fell out like dust! I'd have thought it was dust too if they weren't MOVING. I thought I'd gotten rid of the worst of it but it turns out they found a better place to hide. Blasting them with soap and water from a high-pressure hose seems to have killed off most of them, and replacing the roosts has eliminated most of their hiding spots.