are these mites that will harm my chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kari_dawn, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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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?
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    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
     
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  3. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  4. BlazeJester

    BlazeJester Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     

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