1. mikailah1998

    mikailah1998 New Egg

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    I have 15 hens right now and this morning I was picking up every hen and seeing if it had pasty butt or mites. I picked up one of my americanas and she is INFESTED with mites. I am only 15 years old who is very sqemish of bugs and I just can't do it. So I ask members of the BYC, should I get rid of (as in kill) so she doesn't infest the rest of the flock?

    PLEASE RESPOND!!!!!
     
  2. sanndd

    sanndd New Egg

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    No need to kill her. to get rid of them the fastest way you can buy some mite dust at the feed store and give her a light dusting. make sure you read all the directions on the container. and make sure your chickens all have a place to dust bath in. you may have to treat the rest. keep an eye on them, and treat as needed.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    No, there's no need to kill her, you can treat the mites. However, if you have one chicken who is infested chances are good they all have at least some mites. You need to dust all of them every 7 to 10 days until you stop seeing mites. Dusting only one hen one time will not solve the problem. You will also need to strip out the coop completely and treat it for mites too, either spray it or dust it really well. I prefer spraying since it gets into the nooks and crannies a lot better. Repeat in 7 to 10 days. Then just keep a close eye on them and retreat as needed. Mites can be really hard to get rid of.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    What they said. I would also spray their coop with Sevin (read label) and put the dust where they dust bathe.
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  5. mikailah1998

    mikailah1998 New Egg

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    thank you so much for responding my parents and I used Diatomasous earth on all the chickens and we also did the coops.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    I tried DE and it didn't work! Good luck with it.
     
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    X2.
     
  8. mikailah1998

    mikailah1998 New Egg

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    Okay well I will talk to my mom about your suggestions, thanks!!!
     
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    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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