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Red mites found in compost bin...not found on chickens or in coop yet

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I found a large population of red mites in my compost bin today.  I'm doing what I can do get rid of them since I learned they were there; however, it has been raining here for almost 3 weeks and it's difficult to get rid of them completely with all of this moisture.  However, I'm worried they'll get to my chickens before I eliminate them.  I just saw one of my chickens snacking away in the compost bin today!!  I have dust baths for them, I'm checking them daily, and I'm doing everything I can do keep them and the coop dry through this heavy rain.

 

This had me thinking...there are many bugs that are normal to a compost bin that can be harmful to chickens.  SURELY many of my fellow chicken-owner friends have compost bins as well.  What do you do to manage BOTH?  Will I have to get rid of my compost so that my chickens can stay safe?  

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There are a lot of healty bugs around a compost bin too.

Red mytes are very small. I am suprised that you see them in a compost bin. If you want to prevent that the chickens thake lice into the coop you can put a bowl of diathomeas earth in de dustbath. And make a muddy substance of DE with water and use it as paint to cover the sleeping branche and all the cracks in the wood.
3 dutch bantam girls and 3 pullets (offspring from april)
colors: 1 light brown partridge, 2 red pyle, 1 lavender, 2 rusty black
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3 dutch bantam girls and 3 pullets (offspring from april)
colors: 1 light brown partridge, 2 red pyle, 1 lavender, 2 rusty black
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I wouldn't have seen the mites, except for the fact that I rested my hand on what seemed to have been one of their "nests" and they were crawling all over my hand. :/  Thanks for the advice.  I did put DE in my dust bath mix, and I like the idea of painting DE on their roosting bars!

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