I'm gettig mites from my hens, YUCK.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cluckcluckluke, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    Every time I come inside from the chickens I have these little things (I think mites) running all over me [​IMG]. They are really small but visible from the naked eye, they seem to have many different colours eg: black, clear, white, white and black. They have a round body like a very small tick but they run quite fast (not like a tick) and they don't jump. After about 20-30 mins they stop itching, so they either die or just jump off (they DO NOT live on me, luckily). But they are still really annoying.
     
  2. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to dust your chickens and get rid of the mites
     
  3. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    From my description do you know they are mites??? I just powdered them yesterday with lice and mite powder and plan on doing it 1-2 more times.
     
  4. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be lice. Mites are normally red and not very fast. Look at the feather shaft near the skin by their vents and if there is a mass of white crusty stuff then that is a mass of lice eggs. Since you already dusted wait 7 days and dust again to kill whatever eggs hatch. If they are mites you will want to clean out the coop dispose of the litter ( not in compost) completely clean out and dust coop replace litter and redo in 7 days
     
  5. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    I checked my hens today and the dust powder worked (TW) , I will repeat every week for 2 more weeks, they are not lice that are on my they are not long and clear-black like the one on my hens.
     
  6. maidenwolfx80

    maidenwolfx80 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am glad the powder worked. I just dusted mine the day before yesterday because I found lice. Nasty things. This time of year it is hard to control. You really only need to do it once again in 7 days. Unless you see them after the 2nd dusting there is no need for it. The less amount of chemical pesticide we put on our birds the healthy they will be.
     
  7. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    I'm not in the US, where I am is in the middle of summer. Yeah lice really annoy me. I will only do it 1 more now.
    Thanks a load.
     
  8. 4 Love of Baby Chickens

    4 Love of Baby Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you can, try burning some wood. Then after the ash is cool, dust your chickens. Make sure that it does not get in their eyes. I dusted my chickens 4 times with ash, starting right after I discovered mites or lice (don't know which) on my flock. Now they are starting to lay like a storm.

    I prefer the natural remedies, like pumpkin seeds to prevent worms, and ash for mites and lice. It keeps them far away from the chemicals and stuff.
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2013
  9. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    huh that's interesting I will try that next time perhaps, but how many times do you have to do that???
     
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  10. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Overrun With Chickens

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    I live in Tassie, so naturally we have a wood fire. We empty the ash box onto the areas where we know they have their dust bath. They love it! And yes it really works. I find the Dusting powder to be quite nasty. Causes skin irritation, runny eyes, nose........if that's the effect it has on me, I wonder how the chickens feel about it. Panacur goat wormer not only kills intestinal worms, it will also prevent external parasites.
     

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