Are newspaper mites bad for chickens?

Hischick

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 10, 2013
71
8
38
Arkansas
My Coop
My Coop
Hello; today I put some newspaper in my wire-bottomed nesting boxes to keep the hay from falling out. I noticed in the process that I had tiny bugs crawling all over my coat and gloves. I took my coat off to see how many - there were probably around 30-50 bugs. They are the size of or smaller than seed ticks (any one who has seen those knows how small they can be), and they are a pale white/grayish color, with a circular abdomen. I am guessing that they came from the newspaper that I was putting out, as the newspaper is outside (under shelter) in an open plastic bag.
Does any one know if these bugs (I think they are a type of mite) would be an irritant or parasite to my hens? I have not put the hay in yet, and am keeping the hens out of those nests with the paper just in case. I noticed some 'mites' crawling on the paper I had put in the nests, too.

I have never had fowl mites or other mites as far as I know, so it's is rather new to me and I want to be cautious. Any suggestions would be welcomed.
Thank you!
 

Hischick

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 10, 2013
71
8
38
Arkansas
My Coop
My Coop
Thank you dawg53 for the link - I took a magnifying glass out this morning to look, but I could not find any more of the insects. From what I remember seeing yesterday though, they did not look like any of the pictures on the site you mentioned.
I looked in the nesting boxes and could not find any there either, so I did put the other nesting material in.
I know 'not seeing' does not mean they are not there, but 1. I don't think that they are an insect that is parasitic to chickens, and 2. I need my nesting boxes. I will definitely keep an eye on my girls, but hopefully all is well.

Thanks for taking time to answer my post. :)
 

Mister B

Songster
8 Years
Feb 7, 2013
489
37
154
NW Alabama
Maybe they ate them. I went out a few nights ago, I went to check my chicks and they were having a great time catching and eating bugs that were flying around their lamp in the brooder. It never dawned on me that they would, I thought they only ate starter food. LOL
 

Hischick

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jul 10, 2013
71
8
38
Arkansas
My Coop
My Coop
It is possible - but I had the nesting boxes closed so the hens would have not had access to the insects unless the insects crawled out.
But yes, chickens LOVE bugs.
 

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