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are these mites that will harm my chickens?

post #1 of 4
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I found these little pale yellow mites under my waterer for the babies I just moved outside today...Im thinking they came in with the fresh straw maybe? The picture really sucks (it was my cell phone), but I just want to know if I should be worried about them...

 

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They are little tear drop shaped guys with long antena...what do you think? Should I worry?

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post #2 of 4

Tough to see them up close and personal in the pic. Here's a link to help you identify what they are. If they are lice/mites, go after them with sevin dust. Lightly sprinkle the straw with the sevin as well even if they arnt lice/mites.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig140


     Most people have no clue...Forewarned is Forearmed

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     Most people have no clue...Forewarned is Forearmed

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post #3 of 4
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thanks for the link! That was very informative and helpful!...these guys don't look anything like any of the crawlies in that link though.

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I have these guys too. Some are dark, some are light. They live in the weathered bricks I use around the coop and I've found them on other materials as well, but never on the chickens. Have seen them in the shavings I recently bought from TSC.

 

Bought Sevin spray today to spray down the run and coop just in case - the closest I can figure, they may be red mites, but an up close and personal picture from a microscope sure doesn't help me figure them out. No macroscopic vision here.

~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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~Meg~
The remaining 6 of my original 7 barred rocks are 3yrs old and happily divided between a friend and my mom.
Laying: 2 Partridge Rocks, 1 Columbian Wyandotte and 2 Black Australorps. 14 weeks: 3 bantam Araucana.
Cowed to chicken math and sharing my bedroom with 8 BBS Ameraucana mixes.

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