concerns about mites found in both of my mealworm habits

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hbart, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. hbart

    hbart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2010
    Found what looks like fine sawdust is actually heave infestation of mites in with my mealworms. Anyway to save my worms? If I feed worms and oatmeal to chickens will they and my coop become infested with these mites? How can I prevent this from happening again? I use regular oatmeal, flax meal (for human consumption), and feed only carrots and apples.
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Hmmm... Never saw mites in the colony before. If they are regular mealworms, switch to wheat bran for substrate instead of oatmeal. There are thousands of species of mites, so the ones that are eating whatever is in your colony are probably not the kind that like birds. I'm by no means a mite expert though.
  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    When I first got my chickens I noticed millions of mites in my compost bin and was really concerned about them. Gallo del Cielo is correct about the different types of mites... they all live and eat different things and I'd be surprised if the ones in your mealworm bin would affect your chickens.

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