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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 New Egg

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    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!

    Marilee
     
  2. sadiejane

    sadiejane New Egg

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    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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