1. Martha Jensen

    Martha Jensen Out Of The Brooder

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    I think my original chickens have mites. I picked one up, looked near the vent and under the wings as directed by a U-tube video and there were very tiny black-brown critters.

    Ran to Concord Feed, but the recommended cure is highly toxic to aquatic life and the coop is across from the 6,500 gallon pond with fish and turtles.

    I read wood ash mixed with some diatomaceous earth in a tub for them to dust bath in works, so I just put that in.

    Any ideas out there? I just rescued 7 from Animal Place and I know they are OK and don't want this to spread. They are in separate coops, joined by a screen door . . .

    Martha
     
  2. Judy

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  3. Martha Jensen

    Martha Jensen Out Of The Brooder

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    I am still not sure what to use. I have a 6,500 pond close to the coops with turtles and fish.

    Concord Feed said to use diatomaceous earth and I read mixing that with water and spraying the inside of the coop is good.

    I'm lost.

    Martha
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    As Dawg53 said, diatamaceous earth is nearly useless when wet. Even when dry, it is not a good treatment for mites. Feed stores are usually not very knowledgeable on chickens. You'd be better off getting some Sevin 10% dust or a mite spray like Poultry Protector (http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/manna-proreg;-poultry-protector-16-oz). You could also used Frontline for dogs and cats, give them a bath in some water containing Adams Flea and Tick Shampoo, or spray them with some Adams Flea and Tick Spray.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    10% Sevin dust should never be used on chickens--only 5% Sevin.
     
  7. kimmerjo

    kimmerjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So wood ash doesn't get rid of mites existing on your birds?
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Many people recommend wood ash for the dust bath to help prevent lice and mites, but if you get a heavy infestation sevin dust kills them right away. Mites can cause severe anemia.
     
  9. dawg53

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    Mites suck blood and cause anemia, then death. An infestation of mites can take a chicken down real quick. You dont want to fool around with mites, use something that will kill them as quickly as possible.
     
  10. kimmerjo

    kimmerjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I got some silkies today. My first chickens. They need so TLC the place they were at was horrible I couldn't leave them there. :(
     

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