Is there anyone out there that is lucky and gets no Mites?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tplummer, May 28, 2010.

  1. tplummer

    tplummer Songster

    Jun 16, 2009
    Salisbury, NC
    I ran across someone recently that said their chickens do not get mites. I found that a bit hilarious. I am one who keeps an eye out for them and does frequent preventative care and still gets them. If there is somone out there who does not get them, please tell me your secret. I am even going to try the Bobbi Porto method. If anyone has other secrets or methods, please do share.
  2. toejam

    toejam Never enough birds

    Dec 21, 2009
    SW Ohio, Wilmington
    I havent seen any....
  3. jennh

    jennh Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    I haven't seen any on mine. Do you let them free range and take dust baths?

  4. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    We never had any on our free rangers or in our breeding pens until we got a bird in and *hanging head in shame*, I didnt quarantine.

    Now it seems like I cant get rid of them for anything. I thought I was in great shape, hadnt seen any in ages and then this morning I was delivering a roo to a buyer and just out of habit, I flipped him over and sure enough...saw a little crawler. [​IMG]

    Had to tell the buyer. Thankfully she was great about it and we just boxed him seperately and would treat him when she got him home.

    Rotten little things. We have dusted the birds, DE's the pens...the works. It just seems like they come out of no-where [​IMG]
  5. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    We haven't had any and our birds are over a year old. The older flock, that is. The younger ones are about 12 to 14 weeks depending on the particular bird. Nineteen birds total, and no mites so far. My older birds are in a coop and run, and they dirt bathe whenever they want, and I treat the entire area, including the nest boxes, with DE. The younger ones are out in a tractor during the entire day and evening hours, and come in for the night. I don't know as I have any secrets. I just think that once you get them, they may be very difficult to get rid of, and possibly they may become resistant to treatments.
  6. Ive never had any. I spray everybody and the coops down every 30-40 days with Permethrin 10 livestock and premise spray.
  7. BlackBart

    BlackBart Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    I use no pest strips and don't have any.
  8. tplummer

    tplummer Songster

    Jun 16, 2009
    Salisbury, NC
    My do not free range. Most are show silkies. They do dust bathe, though. We are getting ready to put down sand in their pens. I will try the spray. Do you take the chickens out to spray it. I am guessing not since you spray them too.
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    So far, no mites or lice in my flock (had chickens four and a half years now). I bought my first rooster a few years ago and during quarantine, found he had lice. Dusted with DE and kept him in a dog crate with DE in the straw/shavings and that fixed his issue before he got to my girls.
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I dont have any yet... [​IMG]

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