little black mites

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by marlene, May 11, 2016.

  1. marlene

    marlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi

    Not new here, but been away for a while as I have not kept chickens for about 2 years now. But I am back and excited to be collecting 6 new girls at the weekend.

    So I go and clean out my old chicken coop today in preparation for the new arrivals, (which still had same old wood shaving in there) and I came out covered in these tiny little black mites.

    Could it be possible that these mites have been in there and survived for 2 years?

    I spread all the old shaving on my flower beds, does that mean I have spread them all over my garden and have to treat all that too?

    The last thing I want is to bring my new flock home to an already infested coop. I know from past experience that a lot of you use DE to treat your coops, but I am looking for something that will 100% kill these mites once and for all before the new girls get her. The advantage is I do not have to worry about chicken being in there while I treat as they are not here yet.

    Need something strong to wipe this little blighters out. I am in the UK so please advice with products that I can get here.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Are you positive that they are chicken mites?
    You might need a microscope or at least a magnifying glass to see them clearly enough to ID.
    If no birds have lived there for 2 years, I doubt that they are chicken mites.

    Eradicating an unknown insect/arachnid with chemicals might not be a great idea in the long run...just a thought
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2016

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