Mites?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Peep-Chicken, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Crowing

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    There are little black bugs under the manure in the coop. I am confused b/c these fly and I have yet to find one on my chickens. They are hard to get pics of.

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    What do y'all think?
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

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    Certainly not mites, they don't fly. I don't think any chicken pests fly…
    No idea what they could be.
     
  3. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Crowing

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    Hmm ok thanks :)
     
  4. lalaland

    lalaland Crowing

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    I have these as well under one of the roosts with a dropping board - definitely not mites and nothing to worry about, have never caused any problems.
     
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    I can't see them in the pic, but perhaps a fungus gnat? those are extremely tiny. Live in damp soil, sometimes infest house plants. I wouldn't worry about them.
     
  6. Peep-Chicken

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    Ok thanks! Glad it's nothing to worry about, they are a little gross, but hopefully will be gone when it gets cold ;)
     

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