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Edited by shamrockmommy - 10/3/15 at 7:16am
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Firstly, stop sparrows, doves/pigeons (flying rodents) from mingling with your hens. Only feed your hens when they are locked in their shed. Once you let your hens out your will have to cover or remove the seed so it isn't available for the feral birds. I only feed my hens twice daily - morning and late afternoon when they are locked in their hen house - they Free-Range during the day.

 

Secondly, I have had great success in completely eliminating bird mites (once and for all) with a very very diluted cattle-tick spray. I won't name the particular brand I used (as there are many similar products) because it is actually employing the spray for a purpose that, according to the label, it isn't actually designed for. (Hmmmm). But not one of my hens have been harmed in the process, nor have they subsequently had mutated off-spring. I sprayed the entire inside of the hen-house, all roosting perches and the hens with a fine mist from one of those small hand-pump pressure sprayers. Note: Wear a breathing mask/ disposable clothing - or at least a mask, gloves and then wash all clothing and have a shower afterwards. After 3 years I have had no return infestation of mites. Problem solved.

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I had gone through terrible itchy phase and thought it was mites or scabies ewww. I think what I actually came in contact with was chiggers. And not at my house/yard but at a park picking dandelions

18 Hens, 5 Roosters uggh lol, 2 Dogs, 9 now 2 pond fish. thanks alot you not so great blue heron!!,  9 Ducks, 2 cats black and white and not related.(Plus 3 strays that the neighbors feed but they hang out in my front yard...ALL BLACK AND WHITE colored!)

 

"KES" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOB8cwxSh-w&feature=relmfu A MUST SEE MOVIE. You will never forget little Billy Casper.

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18 Hens, 5 Roosters uggh lol, 2 Dogs, 9 now 2 pond fish. thanks alot you not so great blue heron!!,  9 Ducks, 2 cats black and white and not related.(Plus 3 strays that the neighbors feed but they hang out in my front yard...ALL BLACK AND WHITE colored!)

 

"KES" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOB8cwxSh-w&feature=relmfu A MUST SEE MOVIE. You will never forget little Billy Casper.

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post #84 of 85
I believe any bites indoors are fleas. I've never seen a bite after working on birds from mites or lice. My roommate brought in her birds without quarantine & mine were badly infected. Chicks inside got it too. Again, I never got a bit from the honey or white looking ones and I always get bit.
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Originally Posted by arizonaqt View Post

I believe any bites indoors are fleas. I've never seen a bite after working on birds from mites or lice. My roommate brought in her birds without quarantine & mine were badly infected. Chicks inside got it too. Again, I never got a bit from the honey or white looking ones and I always get bit.
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The lice don't bite people, but the mites do.
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