Garlic as a deterrent for dreaded mites!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HPH lady cluck, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. HPH lady cluck

    HPH lady cluck New Egg

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    Hi, just want to rack your brains if i may? We have the dreaded mites, and i am putting crushed garlic in their feed and water as well as using a garlic and EO spray to clean the coop prior to dusting with DE. I'm doing this daily,interspersed with jet washing when the weather allows, but wondered if anyone knows whether leaving a couple of cloves of garlic where they sleep (mixed into their bedding) would act as a deterrent also? I'm still noticing a few mites in the morning, so wondered if this would prevent biting of my hens during the night? We inherited an old wooden coop which is probably where they came from, and are saving up for a new coop, so they have to sleep in there for now. The good news is my hens are all seemingly fit and well, and all are still laying daily, but i hate the thought of them being bitten at night. Any input re garlic in the coop will be very much appreciated! Thankyou x
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Check out the Chicken Chick....Great info on mites and how to use garlic.
     
  3. HPH lady cluck

    HPH lady cluck New Egg

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    Thanks, I'll take a look.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    No problem....Very helpful.
     
  5. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Curious if you are supposed to do anything with the eggs.... Or if what I heard is even true... That foods such as garlic, onion, and banana can transfer into the egg flavor?
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Chicken Chick .....Google it
     
  7. HPH lady cluck

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    So far our eggs do not taste garlicky, but i read somewhere that if they do, you just need to cut back on the amount they eat.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Note that using garlic continually and/or indiscriminately can cause serious health issues.
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2014/05/raising-chickens-naturally-garlic-with.html

    If you have the kind of mites that reside and breed in the cracks and crevices of your coop, they need to be eliminated from the structure too.....
    .....it's not likely that anything but an appropriate chemical insecticide will be effective to eradicate an infestation.
     
  9. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    I forgot to say....

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]
    It's a great community here with tons of experienced knowledgeable people. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! [​IMG]

    Best wishes,
    ~Alyssa
     
  10. HPH lady cluck

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    Thankyou Alyssa! I'm learning a lot from everyone in this group xx
     

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