Cheapest easiest treatment for mites

Mama Bay

Songster
5 Years
Aug 3, 2014
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Milmay New Jersey
While observing my broody in the coop, I found myself covered in tiny mites! This is a first for us. This is our 4th year and the chickens free range and usually dust bathe regularly but we've had a ton of rain for the last couple of months... I have read some of the threads and a bunch of conflicting recommendations. I need the cheapest easiest treatment that does not require hand washing each chicken. Also something I can use that does not require me to throw away eggs... I have a tractor supply not too far but could order from Amazon if necessary. Thanks in advance!
 

KoopOnTruckin

Songster
Jun 17, 2016
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151
126
East Orlando, FL
I would buy some DE (diotematious earth) and sprinkle it directly on each bird, lifting the neck feathers up as you sprinkle. Use liberally. Sprinkle all over the nesting boxes, roosting bars, and even a bit in their feed (for internal parasites). A 50# bag is something like $20, not free but pretty cheap, and that 50# could last you several treatments. Repeat the process every few days, or more if the rain is washing the DE away (it doesn't have the same effect when wet). After a few treatments, take a look again, if they're not going away you may need to try something more. I hope this helps!
 

KoopOnTruckin

Songster
Jun 17, 2016
377
151
126
East Orlando, FL
Yes, DE is safe for chicks. It's a microscopic-grained powder made from ground seashells, dinosaur bones and cavemen paintings. Maybe not, but still old. The grains are tiny little shards, like broken glass, that scratch at the exoskeletons of mites, ticks, ants, etc. (anything with a waxy exo). The wax gets scratches, makes the bugs susceptible to the elements, and they die from dehydration after a few days. It does the same thing when they eat it, if they have worms or internal digestive parasites the DE will take care of them. It's safe for you, kids, food, animals, plants, etc. Just not bugs. Use it on ant piles too. I also sprinkle on my poop-catching tarp, keeps the flies from laying their eggs in it.

DE is a wonderful tool around the homestead.
 

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