detecting mites?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jesslynnduran, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. jesslynnduran

    jesslynnduran Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2013
    My girls do not have mites, but I am new at this and may be wrong. How to tell if my girls have mites and how to get rid of them. Please help
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    When my chickens have mites I don't see them on them. However I get itchy and find them floating up dead in the bath water. So I can ID the bug. They also bite me. (They cannot breed on human blood but do bite humans.)

    You are supposed to look for dark colored bugs (mites) under the wings and near the vent area of the chicken. Lice are straw colored I have read- haven't dealt with those.

    I treat with Permethrin dust (the coop and the birds) repeating at 7 days (for lice you need to treat at 14 days). I tie off an old sock and put the dust in it to dust them. Get under the wings and the vent area- everywhere but the face.

    Make sure you toss all shavings including nestboxes during treatments or they will be back!
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013
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  3. War Chicken

    War Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2011
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