Mite (CHIGGER) Problem! Chicks 10 days old! HELP!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bjw113, May 27, 2010.

  1. bjw113

    bjw113 In the Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    Pikeville, TN
    Newbies here, so excuse the post if is seems repetitious. My husband and I purchased our first chicks (24) 10 days ago. We have built a new chicken coop 12 x 26 with 12 x 16 for the chicken area. With the baby chicks, we purchased bales of straw to section off an area for them to stay in until they got a little bigger. For bedding, we used pine shavings. All was well until we discovered that the purchased bales of straw are FULL OF CHIGGERS! Obviously, we are destroying the straw today and recleaning the chicken area. Any ideas as to what to put down on the floor to kill any leftover mites? What should we clean the floor with (husband was going to scrub the floor with a soap/hot water/bleach mixture)? Probably the chicks have mites on them too, however I haven't gotten all that close to them for the past 48 hours as I am covered with about 500 chigger bites. I have been reading about DE (food grade) and sevin dust. I too am afraid of the sevin dust, but want to kill any remaining pests that might hatch and drop off baby chicks. How old do baby chicks have to be to have a dusting area - and is there such a thing as a dusting area or does that just mean DE added to pine shavings on the floor? Sorry for the long post, but want to do this right, THIS TIME. Appreciate all and any help!
  2. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    I have used sevin dust many times.. I make a poof out of old pantie hose fill with sevin dust then dust the birds very welll... I have never had a problem with it harming my birds... And I use it in the coop as well.. the biggest issue io can think of is to make sure when you are dusting that you do it in a very well insulated area.. Now this is just my opionin..
  3. IggiMom

    IggiMom Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    I feel sort of dumb. What is a chigger?

  4. bjw113

    bjw113 In the Brooder

    May 18, 2010
    Pikeville, TN
    Also called a red bug. Most of the time they are in dense high grassy areas that aren't kept mowed, etc. Tiny, tiny bugs - 100 can fit into one square inch. Itch like a bear. Take 10-14 days to go away. Most of the info on the internet just tells you to avoid them. Great! Especially AFTER I get bitten from bugs in the straw I purchased! Rotten nasty little varmits!
  5. Dingleberry

    Dingleberry Songster

    Apr 22, 2010
    yup DE will get rid of them in 24 hrs.
  6. gogoalie

    gogoalie Songster

    May 15, 2010
    UV light in your coop, dust...
  7. fowlmouthgirls

    fowlmouthgirls Songster

    May 12, 2013
    East of Dallas

    What is DE.?
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

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