In the Brooder
- Jan 27, 2013
I've been raising free-range chickens for a while now and I had a flock about a year and a half ago that got a very bad case of mites. I gave them dust baths with ashes, diatomaceas earth, and mite dust and I dusted the individual birds and sprayed them with mite spray. I cleaned the coops and sprayed them with bleach and mite spray many times but after a few days the mites would always come back. After about a year of trying to get rid of the mites I ended up butchering the whole flock because I couldn't stand to see them constantly scratching and losing feathers. They looked really uncomfortable. i did a final spraying and cleaning of the coops and let them sit all winter and all of the mites disappeared. This spring i started from scratch with 120 new layers and they seamed completely healthy and mite free but last night I went to put them in and I saw that the roosts and birds were crawling with a new hatch of mites. i really can't think of any other way to get rid of them. I raise free-range eggs and poultry on a commercial scale, so i can't tend to each bird, but I still care about them and want them to be happy. Do most farmers just let their birds get infested with mites since it takes a long time to do serious damage? Or are there other remedies that I don't know about. Please let me know if you have any information. Thanks!