How can I stop my hens from getting mites when they sit on eggs?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by gguineasfamily, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. gguineasfamily

    gguineasfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I heard that when chickens go broody they get mites. My guinea hens often go broody and my tamest hen Chatterbox is broody now. She is so tame she just lets me pat her and I really don't want her to get itchy red mites. Any ideas?
    Thanks!:)
     
  2. lismarc

    lismarc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Prevention is key, as you know. The easiest and cheapest way I found is to have a box of wood ash in their run for them to dust in. I usually have that on hand. You can also use Garden and Poultry dust.

    I also put garlic powder in their feed. I know it helps deter fleas and ticks, not 100% on if its good for mites but (knock on wood) I've not had any problem with any parasite.

    Hope that helps.
     
  3. gguineasfamily

    gguineasfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll try that.
     
  4. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are in Australia, so I don't know if you can get ivermectin, but that would work too. Since she isn't laying eggs while broody, it would be safe to give to her now.
     
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  5. gguineasfamily

    gguineasfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They do lay eggs while broody.
     

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