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Hi

 

Not new here, but been away for a while as I have not kept chickens for about 2 years now. But I am back and excited to be collecting 6 new girls at the weekend.

 

So I go and clean out my old chicken coop today in preparation for the new arrivals, (which still had same old wood shaving in there) and I came out covered in these tiny little black mites.

 

Could it be possible that these mites have been in there and survived for 2 years?

 

I spread all the old shaving on my flower beds, does that mean I have spread them all over my garden and have to treat all that too?

 

The last thing I want is to bring my new flock home to an already infested coop. I know from past experience that a lot of you use DE to treat your coops, but I am looking for something that will 100% kill these mites once and for all before the new girls get her. The advantage is I do not have to worry about chicken being in there while I treat as they are not here yet.

 

Need something strong to wipe this little blighters out. I am in the UK so please advice with products that I can get here.

 

Thank you.

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I'm in the UK and I use this ~http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/net-tex-total-mite-spray-750ml/reviews/10371

It's an excellent killer!! I'm obsessed with keeping mites and lice at bay!!

You can get it on Amazon or in most feed/country stores.

Good luck with your eradication highfive.gif
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Are you positive that they are chicken mites?

You might need a microscope or at least a magnifying glass to see them clearly enough to ID.

If no birds have lived there for 2 years, I doubt that they are chicken mites.

 

Eradicating an unknown insect/arachnid with chemicals might not be a great idea in the long run...just a thought


Edited by aart - 5/13/16 at 6:03am

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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