Do you get chicken mites on you often?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bells, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Bells

    Bells In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2008
    For the past couple of days, I've been itching and my daughter has picked some chicken mites off me. About two months ago we had a rooster who had a pretty bad mite infestation and at the vet's recommendation, dusted him w/ 5% Sevin (I'm not a fan of Sevin but it sure did the trick).
    Should I have our two coops on a regular dusting schedule? Or, do you poultry people just pick off your mites and forget it? Thanks!
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I've never had any mites or lice on my birds. From the time they went out into the coop, they've had dustbaths with food grade Diatomaceous Earth added, DE also in the straw in the nestboxes, etc. I've only purchased one grown bird since having chickens, he had lice, and DE took care of those as well. I've been known to put wood ash from the woodstove into the pens along with DE from time to time for them to dustbath in. I also keep a parmesan cheese shaker filled with DE and on occasion will up-end a bird and dust her with that around her bottom and under the wings.
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    NEVER had mites or lice here either. Use DE all the time.

    Also spray down perches and nest boxes with citrus oil every few months. The little critters won't go near it and it will kill mite eggs if you already have a problem.
  4. Bells

    Bells In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2008
    Thank you. I'll try some DE and citrus oil (hey - where do I get that??). Also like the wood ash idea.
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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Just make sure it's FOOD GRADE DE, should be around 1% silicon, not 85%. I have used Orange Guard, made from citrus oils, on my roosts to prevent bugs. ACE hardware is a dealer for that product.
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  6. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Bells, I'm a fan of the 5% sevin for the elimination of lice and mites. If used properly it's safe and you already know it works, without any problems. I like a regular dusting program twice a year Spring and Fall, as well as adding to the flocks dusting areas. I've never had any lice ,mites, or sick hens. DE in the lungs is just as dangerous as sevin and masks should be worn when using either.

  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Never had issues here either - I also use DE.

    I just throw some in the run now and then - where they dust bathe......
  8. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    I've always used sevin, though I can't remember the last time I had a bird with lice. I've never had one with mites, except once I bought a bird at a swap meet that had scaley leg mites. She was a silkie, and I never was able to get rid of them completely.
  9. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    I thought mites were "species specific"...meaning chicken mites wouldn't get on people. Guess that's not so...
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    As far as I've read, chicken mites will not *live on* people, but that doesn't mean they won't crawl up your arm looking to see if there's another chicken at the other end [​IMG]

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