Ash not getting rid of mites

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by worriedmother, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. worriedmother

    worriedmother New Egg

    Oct 4, 2015
    Menifee, Ca
    I was grooming one of my hens today. When I got to her vent I noticed she had a bunch of mites running around there. But every week since I got my flock (8 weeks ago) I've given them a dust bath mixed with wood ash, DE, and chinchilla dust (friend had a heap of it left after her chinchilla passed away so I thought it would be useful). Yet she and a few others have mites.
    I change the hay weekly. Should I change it more often?
    Am I doing something wrong?
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! You need to treat the mites with something that actually works. Permethrin dust is approved for use in poultry and will kill the mites. WEAR A N95 or better dust mask when you dust the chickens, and also dust or spray the coop after cleaning it out. Ivermectin works well on the birds, but isn't approved for use, although I use it anyway. Mites and lice will turn up occasionally because the wild birds carry them in to your flock. UGH! But that's the way it is. Mary

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