do mites make web in and under and around coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ladyearth, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. ladyearth

    ladyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found some fine fine webs and ONe or so what looks like tiny sacks of "bumps" like eggs???
    Aren't mites a type of spider?
    cause chickens I gave away sure avoided the coop??? for egglaying etc.....Dang roof of runis 2 inch poultry wire.. I mistakenly orded and blasted blankey blank cardinals were flying in thru roof of big run and top sides of run are 2 inch poultry wire too.
    THOUGHTS anyone??
    Thanks
     
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Mites are arachnids, just like spiders.

    Spider mites that feed off plants make webs on the plants.

    The mites that feed off chickens, I don't think make webs, they live in the cracks and crevices of a structure.

    Hard to tell what you're seeing and whether it had anything to do with your chicken avoiding the coop or what the deal is with the poultry wire or cardinals you're typing about.
     
  3. ladyearth

    ladyearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I READ ON HERE THAT WILD BIRDS CARRY MITES ETC.. wild birds are stiil getting into the one big run....
    so now I keep feed under covered,Or only in the other run that has a roof with small 1 inch poultry wire
    roof...
    that why I suspect mites.... dont the chicken "shiver" more or ruffle their feathers more indicate mites? Or preen their feather more ????
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Birds preen and 'ruffle' their feathers for many reasons....an uptick in those behaviors may indicate a parasite infestation.

    IMO the only way to know for sure if your birds have mites is to take them off the roost well after dark(when the mites are active, have come out of their daytime hiding places and are feeding on your birds and your birds are more docile for handling) and inspect the birds by parting their feathers right down to the skin and looking for the mites or other pests.

    Another technique I've recently read about is to take a damp white paper towel, again well after dark, and wipe it firmly over the under side of the roost poles. If you see tiny red smears on the toweling, it indicates an active mite population.
     

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