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Red roost mites... do I treat the chicken or not? Discard eggs?

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I bought some permethrine powder(Garden and poultry dust) and I cleaned out the nest boxes and put a little powder in there and then put new pine shavings on top. I checked the birds skin, and they don't look irritated at all. I can't find any bugs on the girls. I only happened to see a few last night crawling on 2 eggs. I usually get the eggs in the daytime, I am reading that these mites are active at night, so i suppose the late gathering of eggs was a good thing.

I also got some DE. I plan to use that on a regular basis now.

I have read a few threads here... but I didn't see whether I was supposed to put this powder on the chickens. And since it says that the mites don't live on the chickens, but in the coop, is it necessary if I powder the coop?

Also, do I need to discard the eggs laid while we are treating for mites?

After I treat with the powder, do I just add the DE to the coop with each cleaning?

I hate bugs. I am so grossed out. It's also been raining a lot, I read mites like warm weather so why are they here now? I was cleaning out the coop and only found 1 little red mite in the shavings I took out of the coop. I don't see any in the cracks. How do I get the powder onto everything. It's in a shaker? Can I add water and put it in a spray bottle to spray the ceiling and directly in the cracks?

Thanks!

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You will want to treat your birds too. Put the dust in a panty hose and use it like a powder puff. Make sure you wear a mask.
here is a link about this  http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=410617

My coop  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/386902/we-gave-the-chickens-our-bedroom-pic-heavy

 

"Friends, I will remember you, think of you & pray for you, & when another day is through, I will still be friends with you"--John Denver

 

 

I chickened out   

 

 


 

 

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My coop  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/386902/we-gave-the-chickens-our-bedroom-pic-heavy

 

"Friends, I will remember you, think of you & pray for you, & when another day is through, I will still be friends with you"--John Denver

 

 

I chickened out   

 

 


 

 

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Got it. Thanks.

So do I keep the eggs? Can I add water to get it into the little cracks between wood panels?

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Permethrin comes in a liquid also, that you dilute with water, for spraying the coops. I would save the powder for your chickens and shavings.

http://www.jefferslivestock.com/prozap-insectrin-1%25-pour-on-xtra/camid/LIV/cp/LE-PB/cn/3504/

I get mine from my feed store- a little goes a long way.

http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
info on mites and treatments


Edited by ChickensAreSweet - 1/24/11 at 5:09pm

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Black Australorps, Easter Eggers, Buff Minorcas, and Nankins. 

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare
 

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