Maybe y'all can help me with this one. We bought our 6 month old chickens a couple of months ago (lesson learned there--will never buy anything other than chicks again). Once we brought them home, I immediately started noticing red mites all over our backyard. They're in the compost, even a few here and there in the chicken run, and they're generally EVERYWHERE. I genuinely believe the mites came when we got the chickens, but I don't ever find any ON the chickens. We use lots of ash and DE so they can take dust baths often, so they stay very dry. BUT...they're all over my yard! How do I get rid of them? They're horrible pests!!
I'm not 100% sure they're red mites, but I don't know what else they could be. I have GOT to get rid of them, I can't even imagine how bad this could get when spring comes.
I should also mention that I have a dog, and now I don't want him playing outside because he'll bring them inside...and I don't want our two baby boys to get them from the dog! Ugh.