- Jan 16, 2016
I'm allergic to the orange citrus so I don't like to use those cleansers, would vinegar do the same thing to bugs?
LOL- please come to my house and tell the mites that!No,chicken mites do not get on humans. But, mites will spread to other chickens. If they are young chickens it could kill them, mites on chickens could cause anemia,(blood loss), even though they don't feed on their blood.They actually feed on their dead skin cells,and can cause skin irritation.
I'm with you - was caring for a sick hen who then got an outbreak.LOL- please come to my house and tell the mites that!I grant you that a human won't get a mite infestation from handling the chickens, but the mites absolutely can and do get on and bite. They are amazingly fast little buggers, too. When I was doctoring an injured hen(and I agree that a bird that is not doing well for whatever reason becomes a mite magnet) I had them running up my arms. I put vaseline between wrists and elbows, and they still tried to run up my arms although they obviously got stuck in the goo.
I thought cedar shavings were a no-no... reading this thread I see some people are using a small amount of them? If that is safe, it would be useful as a repellent, I would think, but I wouldn't want to use cedar if it would pose a problem for my birds. I intend to try a citrus-based product as well, probably the Orange Guard as Lowes apparently carries it. (I searched TSC for it, and got results for orange and black goggles, and an oriole feeder)
Using some kind of shaker container for DE is a wonderful idea and you can bet I will be doing that too!