Mite infested chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by snoopysflock, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. snoopysflock

    snoopysflock Out Of The Brooder

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    When I changed my coops shavings on the floor out i noticed that the chickens had little bald spots on their necks. After a few days the spots got bigger and now they are spreading all over the chickens. I am suspecting mites I have Diatomaceous earth but I know that thats not all you have to do to get rid of mites. Also I have wood shavings on a wood floored coop so I worry about the mites living in that. I can't change my flooring style due to the fact that the ground molds twice a year and chicken wire rusts in my moist hot climate. I also have painted my coop in oil to deter scaly leg mites bit I worry that they will get them if i don't treat them soon.
     
  2. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Diatomaceous earth won't do anything except get in the air sacs of birds and shorten their lives. If you have wood or concrete flooring, your best litter would be pine shavings. If you have a mite infestation you'll need to vacate your birds, spray down the litter with something effective in the link I'll post at the end. Remove litter, dust, and clean/spray premises before adding new shavings. Here's an article with basic information: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/bookstore/pubs/MF2387.pdf
     
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  3. snoopysflock

    snoopysflock Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the helpful advice. I will refrain from using the de
     
  4. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    You're welcome. Being vigilant will keep your birds mite/louse free. Keep moisture out of the house and provide good ventilation.
     
  5. snoopysflock

    snoopysflock Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes my coop has lots of windows due to the extreme humidity during the summers here and all water is out of the coop. I also painted the roosting bars in mite paint as a future preventative.
     

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