Mites/odd behaviour

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sarahjayne, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. Sarahjayne

    Sarahjayne New Egg

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    Hi.. One... Sorry I never come on here & when I did last it was with a question... Bad participation.

    But.. I am really worried & could do with some advice.

    Last night I got home late & noticed 4 of my 11 girls were roosting outside the coop,,, which is odd. So I put them in the house, which I realised was crawling In mites! Literally everywhere! We treat them occasionally & never realised we had a problem.., we have had them coming up a year. Today has been bad storms... awful hail stones & was at a wedding. But tomorrow I will completely clean the coop, every nook & crannie & then de earth it & paragon & red mite (altho no sign of red mite) just now 3 chicken were once again roosting outside when should of been in bed... Picked a chicken up & an egg dropped out of her!

    Is this just down to a serious mite problem? Or is there something else? No sign of a Any rats etc, i am in the UK so no snakes etc...

    & any tips other than paragon & DE earth?? Feel awful & worried.

    Thanks in advance xx
     
  2. Sarahjayne

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    Ps... I did throw some mite stuff in there tonight
     
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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  4. WeBeCluckin

    WeBeCluckin Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Sarah, I happened across someone else's post in emergencies/diseases titled "MIRACLE WAY TO KILL MITES." Sorry, I'd include the link but I don't know how to yet! :) I haven't personally tried it yet but will should I need to. I know dish soap and water in a spray bottle made short work of yellow jackets for us this year. And the nice thing is, you can breath while you're spraying!
     
  5. 6LittleHens

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    I use poultry protector. I buy the concentrate online and mix 2 oz. in with a 32 oz. sprayer. I haven't ever had a mite problem.

    P.S. You spray it on them and around their living areas. Do you let them free range?
     
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  6. Sarahjayne

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    Thank you guys. I will look at post...
    They have a coop & large run then free range 2 hours a night , when I'm home from work then take themselves to bed. So worried, they have laid less eggs in last few days xx
     
  7. 6LittleHens

    6LittleHens Out Of The Brooder

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    They could have gotten mites from other birds in and around your yard.
     
  8. Sarahjayne

    Sarahjayne New Egg

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    I gave it a huge clean today! There were so many mites, we have had really got weather lately, when I cleaned them a week ago I didn't notice one! I'm so shocked!
    Yes we have alot of wild birds come & dust bath in the dust the chickens make, probably not helpful.
    I'm going to keep on top if it & fingers crossed can get it down to minimal, I know it's so hard with red mite to get rid of x
     
  9. 6LittleHens

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    You can also make your chickens their own personal dust bathing area! Mine love theirs!!! :) I also spray that with poultry protector too. It keeps the birds out!!!
     
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