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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by LoveThemBirds, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Question1:My birds have somewhat Serious mite issue.They have been dust bathing in ashes,and in dirt,and I have put a bug disinfect in their coop.Well,the ashes are in the box,and they have been using them well.I notice bugs EVERYWHERE,same type to whatever it was.Were these mites possibly coming off the hens?

    Question2:My birds couldn't dust bath do to covered up dust piles,and the cold climates,and wet dirt.Now that they can,will this help shew away mites,and possibly prevent them forever?
     
  2. Bluebee

    Bluebee Overrun With Chickens

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    Chickens usually get rid of mites naturally when dusting. If they mites are not going away, a lot of people suggest using sprays that get rid of them. I usually buy a spray can for birds like parakeets and parrots, and it seems to do the trick. I spray it both on my birds and around the coop areas that seem to have a lot of mites. There are also some sprays that are specifically meant for chickens that you can buy in feed stores or online. Here is a good link to some info on mites:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-lice-treatment-and-prevention
     
  3. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok,so the mites stay around,they just stay off the birds.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    If you have mites, then it is serious, and a dust bath will not get rid of them. You need to dust them with Sevin dust or Permethrin Garden dust or Permectrin 10% spray every 7 days until you no longer see them. That will get the eggs as they hatch. You must also empty the bedding and nest boxes, spray the walls, nest boxes, roosts, and floor before replacing with clean pin shavings. Hay and straw may harbor mites, and they can be introduced to your coop that way. Wood ash in the dusting area may help to prevent parasites, but won't treat an active infestation. Here are some very good links to read about mites:
    http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/laura_e_john/
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/08/poultry-lice-and-mites-identification.html
    http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8162.pdf
    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig140
    http://ohioline.osu.edu/vme-fact/0018.html
     
  5. LoveThemBirds

    LoveThemBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Grandparents had me just put Natural guard,a good thing for mites around the cooo.I got the roosts,nest boxes,they sit all in the powder,I put it on the floor,on the walking steps,in front of the coop etc.I also found a dead mite on my hens vent.The ashes are removing the mites immediately.Next week I will ckean the coop ans add what I have left to the coop.Also will burn all the hay.
     

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