Bonjour,

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by 40kfevvers, May 25, 2016.

  1. 40kfevvers

    40kfevvers Just Hatched

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    I am retired in France and am new to chickens (and postings!). Have last year adopted a couple of red barnyard hens with health problems - a steep learning curve involving lots of research! Have added two silkie chicks to the flock this year. Really enjoying things, until now when I discovered red mites in the coop! After further research have sprayed it with vinegar and then with a mix of water, oil and detergent. Still they come back. Am about to whitewash the coop and then start with diatomaceous earth. Fingers crossed. Any advice from you good people?
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] The thing I found works the best on mites is carbaryl. In the US it's branded Sevin Dust and in SA, where I'm originally from, it's Carbadust. So I can't suggest a name to look for, but ask at your farm store, feed store, garden centre, hardware store, etc. Anywhere that sells poisons. If you can get hold of this product, go for the powder if you can, dust the hens with it and then mix some with water, just enough to make a nice milky looking solution, and spray the entire coop, run, next boxes, perches, every nook and cranny with this mixture. It WORKS. Good luck!
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Bonjour, and welcome to Backyard chickens. DE really doesn't do anything. I hope you will follow Sumi's advice.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. 40kfevvers

    40kfevvers Just Hatched

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    Thanks all, nice to have the support!
     

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