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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blueseal, Jul 17, 2010.
i have brownish redish mites in coop crawling the walls. and found one chicken with mites.
I would clean out all the bedding and discard in a remote area or bag it. Or if you can, burn it.
Dust all the nest boxes and inside of the coops, cracks, perches etc. with poultry dusting powder. You can buy Poultry Mite Powder at feed stores.
Then dust all of the chickens. Wear a mask.
Have a bath and wash your clothes immediately after.
Hang a no-pest strip in the coop. They work against mites for four months.
Recheck for mites in a couple of weeks.
Definitely clean out all of the bedding. I would add DE to the new bedding too.
Also, do a search on Frontline use in chickens. When ours arrived with mites, our vet had us put a few drops of cat formula on the back of each girl's neck (on the skin, not the feathers). We were mite free in short order and it lasts for 3 months. Because the chemical is stored in the fat it is safe for laying hens according to my vet, but not for meat birds.
He advised that we go to the coop after dark and just as he predicted they just sat on their roosts while we treated them one-by-one. So much easier (and less stressful) than chasing them down in the yard!
You do need to retreat in about a week to get the mites that hatch out from the eggs left behind. Poultry dust won't kill the mite eggs.
I don't know about mites, but about a month ago when I refilled the feeders in the coop every evening the flies were so abundant that there was a constant buzz and the fly strips were so full that there was no more than 1/4 inch between flies caught on the strip. I took all the shavings out of the coop and spread them in the run and added a 2 inch layer of wood shavings in the coop and added about 4 cup fulls of DE and repeated 3 times, and added it to the run also, it took about 2 weeks but now instead of us swatting about 50 flies each evening while sitting outside I swat about 2 and the coop is free of flies, so I'm thinking it will also take care of any other type of pest that may pop up...DE really works!
Does anyone know where you can purchase Food Grade DE in Upstate NY.
DE can be used as a preventative, but I wouldn't rely on it to get rid of an active mite infestation. Once you get rid of your mites, you can try using it to prevent another infestation from happening.
We us Permethrin-10 in our coop, keeps control of the mites and other bugs.
I have used DE food grade only as treatment for infestation, dust the chickens, as you normally would fluff feathers and get in there! Takes care of most anything.Give them a litter box for dust bathing too! Havent had an itch in the two or three years ( I forget ) that I have been using it. Good luck
after geting rid of the junk in the boxes use sulfar and/or rotenone
it is much safer then other chemicals