Mites and Chicks

barredbeans7

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Apr 28, 2012
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My silkie hen has mites and has gone broody. she will be hatching the eggs soon and I was wondering, does it affect the chicks if she has mites? when they hatch should I separate them?
 

suebee

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Yes! I would take her off the nest and dust her with 5% sevin dust. The eggs will be fine because most broodies get off the nest every day to eat, drink, dust bathe, etc. Also replace the nest with fresh bedding. Mites can kill.
 

barredbeans7

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 28, 2012
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thankyou.... I have a kiddie pool full of DE and my chickens bathe in it and also I fill the nesting boxes with DE to help get rid of mites there...but to be extra safe I will manually apply worry-free sevin dust to my broody hen....do you think that that will work because the chicks are hatching in 3 days?
 

Kelsie2290

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If you have three days before the eggs hatch I would be inclined to change out the bedding/nest and use sevin on the hen and area now, and change out all the sevin dusted bedding again a day or so before the chicks hatch.
 

barredbeans7

In the Brooder
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Apr 28, 2012
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Thank you ..I had little seven dust left so I used DE and the last bit of seven dust...I know it won't rid of the mites but I hope it makes it easier for the chicks
 

barredbeans7

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Apr 28, 2012
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Could I take the eggs a day before hatch date and put them under a heat lamp so they can hatch and I don't have to worry about the mite thing?
 

whittychick

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Yes! I would take her off the nest and dust her with 5% sevin dust. The eggs will be fine because most broodies get off the nest every day to eat, drink, dust bathe, etc. Also replace the nest with fresh bedding. Mites can kill.
where do I get 5% sevin dust?
 

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