Help with mites please?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by timco, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. timco

    timco Out Of The Brooder

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    One of our girls was on the nest and I noticed mites in and out of her feathers around her eye. What can be applied to solve this?

    Thanks, Tim
     
  2. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curious about this too. The mites we have are little red ones - I think they came in with the lumber we used to build the coop. We've been putting down DE but not sure it's working. I still get crawlies on me when I go into the run or hold the chickens.

    Anyone have additional suggestions?
     
  3. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Ivermectin for cattle. Put 6 drops between the shoulder blades for large fowl, 4 drops for bantams. At the same time, scrub out the coop really well and treat with Sevin dust. I added new shavings and liberally sprinkled the whole deal with DE. You have to retreat with the drops after 2 weeks to kill all the young mites.

    THey also make a poultry dust that you can dust the chickens with.
     
  4. Meghalu

    Meghalu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a helpful post for all sorts of ailments, including mites. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=517234&p=1

    I just discovered I have mites as well. I was nursing my sick pullet last night when I noticed the creepy crawlies around her face and eye. Unfortuneatly she died last night. A mite infestation can basically suck a chicken dry, so it is a serious matter. There are several courses of action you can take. I'm using ivermectin because that's what I could get my hands on. You have to treat all of your birds and you also have to thoroughly clean and treat your coop. DE is more of a preventative. If they have mites already it won't do much. Good luck!
     
  5. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I just found some "poultry dust" in the garage (apparently hubbie got this some time ago). I also found Sevin-5, is this the same as Sevin?

    I'll try the poultry dust tomorrow - hopefully it will do the trick [​IMG]
     

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