I'm covered with tiny bugs!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by steffenck, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. steffenck

    steffenck New Egg

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    Over the last week, every time I go into the chicken coop, I'm covered with tiny, tan bugs. The chickens look fine and don't seem to be scratching a lot. But these things immediately get on my legs, arms and face/hair. It is creeping me out!

    I've spread DE on the wood chips and created a pool w sand, wood ash and DE but they don't seem to want to dust themselves. I won't keep them (5 mos old) if this keeps up. Any idea what would get on me but not them?
     
  2. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  3. dretd

    dretd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh Dear, Steffenck! But [​IMG]

    You may get better luck posting on the pests thread or reading through there.

    The top things that come to mind are Northern Fowl Mites or Red mites. Now I am highly allergic, so I dont see the mites but get little itchy mosquito-bite looking bumps when my girls get mites (picked up from wild birds). Perhaps do a google search on those two things and see if it looks familiar. Manageable pests but no fun.
     
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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  5. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    DE won't do anything for mites or lice. You need a residual emulsified concentrate like Permectrin II or Ravap EC. Follow label directions in order to treat birds and the premises.
     
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] sounds like the bugs prefer you to chickens, maybe they are a type that need a human host. Possibly you aren't getting them from the chickens but, maybe from whatever litter you use (straw, hay, ???) DE is useless, so don't think they are hard to kill. It's not worth giving up your birds for it. Just use recommended products.
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! I would definitely buy poultry dust and dust all of your chickens and the coop! Good luck.
     
  8. hungnguyen

    hungnguyen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mix some Malathion with water, then spray the cage especially the roost. Then spray the chicken around their vents. This will rid of mite, lice and many others.
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     

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