- Mar 24, 2017
I've been thinking of trying deep litter, but I just read some comments on another thread that straw might be an avenue for a mite infestation. Does anyone know if that is true?
No, straw is not an avenue for mite infestation. You are not going to bring mites into your flock by bringing in straw from a store.
It is true. Straw and in particular hay in certain conditiions harbour straw itch mite. Most people with farming experience and keepers of livestock are aware of straw itch mite. It's just not a well undrstod issue in backyard chicken keeping. There are many articles about this mite and on some Spanish and European sites the problem is discussed with regard to chickens.
It is. The hollow stems provide good housing for them and in case you buy old bales that were stacked in someones barn/shed for longer, often fleas and other parasites left by cats, mice, rats, possums and other critters, reside comfortably in straw as well.