In the Brooder
- May 15, 2020
I recently noticed mites in my chicken coop and bought DE to sprinkle in the coop. When our hen gets off the eggs we can see the eggs are covered in mites (probably 20 on each egg) but they seem to mostly be dead after spraying my chickens (I don’t remember the name of the spray but it specifically kills mites). However, I notice that the few mites that are alive on the eggs keep jumping back into the nesting boxes, so is it okay to sprinkle food grade DE into the nest boxes (including where shes sitting on eggs), or will this possibly hurt the chicks when they hatch? I don’t want there to be mites when they hatch because I can’t imagine it’ll take long for the mites to kill tiny chicks from anemia.