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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bfales, Oct 13, 2015.
What are the itching bites I get after handling my chickens?
Hello and welcome to BYC!
If you are being bitten by something no doubt you have mites in your coop and on your birds. You will need to do some heavy cleaning in your coop, remove all bedding and clean out the nest boxes too. Dust with DE or some sort of permethrine spray. Get all the cracks corners and especially the roost bar where the bugs are laying their eggs. Repeat this clean up once a week for a couple of weeks.
You also need to treat the birds. I use Ivermectin Pour On for Cattle. 6 drops on the skin behind the neck for large breed birds, 3 drops for bantams. This will make the skin toxic and kill off mites. If the birds are really infested, I would repeat this dosage in 10 days.
What is the egg/meat withdrawal you use with this treatment?