Chiggers

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MitchConnor, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. MitchConnor

    MitchConnor New Egg

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    I've read a lot about mites, but I have a question about chiggers. Will these also attack chickens? They are too tiny to see. I would hate for my chickens to have to experience the insane level of itching I went through while trying to set up their coop.
    Will a dusting of sulfur and diatomaceous earth drive them away? Any other suggestions? Thank you.
     
  2. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I am not sure about chiggers, but if you give your chickens access to a tub of dirt or sand, they will have a "bath" if they are itchy.
     
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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, MitchConnor, and welcome to BYC! I agree - I haven't heard about chiggers ever bothering chickens but lice and mites sure can - dust baths help. Here's a link from the Learning Center that discusses fowl parasites if you'd like to peruse it: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mites-lice-treatment-and-prevention
    And in terms of DE...some folks swear by...others say it's hokum. Type DE into the BYC search box and sit back for a few hours of reading if you're interested. Then you can make up your mind on its effectiveness.
    And you can visit with some local poultry folks in your state thread in this link:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread
    Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! [​IMG]
     
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  4. MitchConnor

    MitchConnor New Egg

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    Thank you. I will definitely give them a dirt bath area.
     
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under MitchConnor [​IMG] Welcome!

    Well, there ya go, I learnt something new today … I had never heard of ‘Chiggers’ and had to Google that one.

    Anyways, as you have already received links to some good starting points, I will just wish you all the best.

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Mitch, [​IMG]
     
  7. MitchConnor

    MitchConnor New Egg

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    Thank you, This is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites. Everyone is so helpful and friendly. I'm learning a lot.
    Thanks.
     

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