Mites

Suzzyq

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Help! I am inundated with mites! They have even made it to my house. How do I get ride of them on my girls and yard?
 

rosemarythyme

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Assuming you're in US, permethrin is the current go to treatment for mites. Since they're getting in/being carried into the house, here's what I did to deal with the inside the house issue: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/evil-chicken-mites.1354517/#post-22342505

And for the chickens: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/northern-fowl-mites.1380288/#post-22681888 If dealing with roost mites you definitely want to favor treating the coop over the chickens, but I'd treat the chickens as well.
 

cmom

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I have previously posted the best product to get rid of the mites in my opinion is permethrin which is very cost effective. I had some birds that were severely infested. I thought they were just molting but weren't getting their feathers back in when I discovered they were loaded with mites. The first thing I tried was DE. The birds weren't improving and still had mites. I first discovered them in only one coop but eventually found them on birds in another coop. I dusted the birds and the coops with the DE and no improvement after treating them for a couple of weeks. Next I did use some sevin dust that I had but it was almost gone but it did help. I did some research and came up with permethrin. I'm pretty sure the wild birds brought them into their coop. I used the dust on the birds and in their nest boxes and sprayed inside of the coops, every crack and crevice, on and under the roosts, ceiling, walls, floors, anywhere the mites can hide. It's best to clean out the coop before you spray. I use pine shavings in my coops. Wear special clothing including a mask and gloves. I did a weekly spraying for awhile and put permethrin dust in the nest boxes, originally sprayed the birds getting under the wings and worked it through their feathers with gloves which you can also do with the dust. Slowly the birds began to recover and get their feathers back in. I think if I hadn't treated with the permethrin when I did I probably would have lost some birds to the mites. The birds were in bad condition. Permethrin only kill live pests, not the pests eggs. TSC carries the permethrin powder, premixed spray bottles and the concentrate. I use the concentrate. For my initial application, I mixed it a little heavy. It did not affect the birds but I did keep them out of the coops while it dried. I spray my coops as needed and when I spray I do weekly spraying for 3 or 4 weeks then stop as I don't want the pests to develop a resistance to the permethrin. Repeated weekly spraying is necessary because again, it does not kill the mite eggs and as an added benefit is there is no egg withdrawal period. The birds are beautiful again. There are other products available but much more expensive and in my opinion the permethrin works great. Good luck...
 

ErnieBerley

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Dont use the atom Bomb when u can try other things !! dont poison your chickens! try diatomaceous earth and maybe take mint/rosemary/lavender or eucalyptus oils and mix w/ water in a sprayer - that will help..... keep your chicken's immunity healthy also by giving them immune supportive foods such as shiitake mushroom, fresh greens/chard/kale, and berries, seeds/nuts. a happy chicken is a healthy chicken,

https://www.backyardchickencoops.co...-earth-a-natural-remedy-for-troubled-chickens

https://www.diatomaceousearth.com/b...omaceous-earth-natural-chicken-mite-treatment
 
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