How do you treat a coop for mites?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Charleen's R Hen, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Charleen's R Hen

    Charleen's R Hen Hatching

    Dec 10, 2011
    Hello! I have 3 hens who will not go into their coop at night. I do not believe there is a predator problem, but have read about mites causing this sort of behavior. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you!

  2. sadiejane

    sadiejane Hatching

    Jan 1, 2014
    Any time we've ever had a problem with mites we've dusted everything in diatomaceous earth, including the chickens. It's a white powder you can buy pretty cheap at just about any co-op. It's basically ground coral. Completely safe for humans and animals. The powder works like fiberglass on small insects and grinds up their insides. We've even put it in puppy food as a supplement to dog wormer. You just have to make sure to dust all your chickies and the roost down well.

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