Can I eat eggs from chickens with mites?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kkolaja, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. kkolaja

    kkolaja Hatching

    Jan 11, 2013
    We just realized that our Speckled Sussex hens have mites, and we're working on getting that all taken care of. In the mean time, we have a lot of eggs in the fridge from the time when they've (presumably) been infested. Are the eggs still okay to eat?

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    The eggs are perfectly safe to eat, as long as you aren't putting insecticidal powder in the nest boxes.

    They recommend that you don't put dusting powder in the nest boxes (chemical dusting powders) so it doesn't get on the eggs. I use cedar shavings in the nest boxes for that reason.

    I dust my chickens every 4 months with poultry dust and spray the coop too, repeat dusting in 7 days to kill the hatching eggs. I use a tied-off sock and turn the chicken on its back, get under the wings, vent area, everywhere except the face.

    You can use DE in the nest boxes, but DE is a preventative at best. I have had mite infestations with DE all over the place so thick you wouldn't believe it.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2013

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