Mite question

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kycklingmamma, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. I have looked up and down on this topic, and can't seem to find the answer I am looking for. I have had mites on a few of my pullets and on my Roo.
    I treated them all with Mite and Lice Bird Spray, from the petstore. It contains 0.03% pyrethrins, which I have seen on here is the way to go. I have also dusted the coop and nesting boxes with DE.
    I did all this sunday, when do I retreat?
    One of my pullets, Viola, she has a crossed beak and I guess can therefor not groom herself as efficiently as the others so she had it worse, she even has what I think is mite eggs on some of the feathers, far down at the base, close to the skin. The "eggs" looked dried out but maybe they are still viable. Do I need to remove those eggs or do you think I killed them as well when I sprayed and dusted?
    Thanks, Kycklingmamma
  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I would just leave them and let them try, you can't win if you don't play... let them try. Just candle them today so you can check in a week for more development. Then you will know if they are doing okay.
  3. onthespot,
    did you maybe post on the wrong subject?
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:I know when I candle mite eggs I have to use a microscope. [​IMG]

  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
  6. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Crowing

    Feb 22, 2007
    Morganton, NC
    Retreat at 7-10 days. I try for the 9 day mark, but anywhere in that time frame should take care of any nrely hatched ones.

    With mites, be sure to actually spray the perches(under neath as well) and any cracks in the coop.

  7. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    This Texas A&M document discusses the different mites and life cycles. Further down, it gives possible treatments and and warnings for each. Treatment will depend on which type of mite you have.

    What you describe could easily be lice. Those are listed here also. publications/b-1088.pdf
  8. Thanks all,

    I didn't realize that I was made fun of at first but I got it...funny. I din't mean viable as in a good thing, more like will the turn into mite biters...

    I will do the microscope thing in 8 days and if I see or don't see anything I will retreat in 9 days.

    That should do it right?

    Last edited: Mar 26, 2009
  9. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    oops, sorry, too many windows open!

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