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Help!  I have read through about 300 sites on mites and every suggestion contradicts the last - here's my issue. Last week, I noticed mites. Not on my birds, in the coop. On the walls. Crawling with the little ********. When collecting eggs, I came out covered. I began complete sterilization - pulling all of the hay from the nesting boxes, and removing all the shavings from the floor. I vacuumed everything, walls, ceiling and floors, sprayed the entire coop from floor to ceiling with Poultry Protector spray, waited for that to dry and then put down a layer of diotamaceous earth, new shavings and new hay with DE in the nesting boxes. So far, I have not seen any signs of infestation on the birds themselves, but last night when I went to collect eggs, I had two or three on me. So, while I'm seeing less, I am still infected and getting seriously skeeved out by the creepy crawlies. So, is there anything I can do that I haven't done? I've seen Sevin Dust being suggested but this is a scary-*** chemical and I would prefer to not nuke my birds. If this is the only sure shot to kill these blood suckers however, I'm coming around to it. Please help, the ladies and I are in dire need of assistance!

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Switch to sand bedding, mites will like it much less then hay or wood chips. Put a couple inches on the floor, in the nesting boxes, every space were your birds could be walking on. Make SURE that they are not on your birds. Other then that.. I dunno, you have tried almost everything needed.

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I agree mites hate sand more so then hay or wood chips.
The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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The key to a happy flock is to be there for them. You have to do your job so they can do theirs. Your coop layout is also important. It doesn't have to be fancy just functional.http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/just-a-chicken-coop Is an example of it.
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I would repeat your treatment every 7 days for a few weeks.

Probably should dust the birds too....if they are the type of mites that feed in avian blood.

Would be good to positively ID the mites....hard to do without a microscope.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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