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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Tammy Harrow, Feb 23, 2018.

  1. Tammy Harrow

    Tammy Harrow Hatching

    Feb 23, 2018
    Hi fellow Chicken Mamas,

    I just got a new batch of chicks.
    A buff orpington, a lakenvelder, and a Minorca
    I had silkies a couple of years ago but they contracted Mareks and died I'm hoping this crew will be heartier.

    We live on a lake in St. Augustine (with the Intracoastal a couple of blocks away) so there are always several species of wild birds close by.

    I also experienced mites last time. :(
    I dusted my birds with d earth but it didn't seem to help

    Im fairly new to chicken raising so Any advice is appreciated.
  2. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop

    Welcome to backyard chickens!

    The current best method for mites is to use Elektor(spinosad).
    DE does not kill mites and likely does not protect against them.

    Monitor for mites and treat with Elektor following the package instructions
  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Quail Hatch Day–6

    Welcome to aka BYC! :frow
    :yesss:We are glad you joined our flock.
    Jump right in and make yourself at home.

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  5. ChickenCrazyAnnie

    ChickenCrazyAnnie In the Brooder

    Feb 11, 2018
    Hampshire UK
    Hi Tammy, welcome to the world of chicken lovers. Only joined a few days ago myself but have kept chickens for over four years and have a limited experience in comparison with other members.
    I have had terrible experience with mites too, so understand your concern.
    The best thing for a bad infestation is to take the house apart and spray every surface with mite dust or ready mixed liquid. I also used neat vinegar in a spray bottle - this has antibacterial qualities too. Let it dry, then reassemble the house. Dust again with DE powder and keep on with the spraying and powder every week until you see an improvement. Might take a few weeks to a month to get it under control. Also make sure you clean the house every week - remove all used straw, bedding and dust with powder. It's just a case of being vigilant and keeping on top of it. Squish mites with your thumb nail or knife blade as you go to kill the little critters as you go. Always put the waste bedding in a sealed plastic bag or burn it. Hope this helps, good luck. Annie
  6. 007Sean

    007Sean Enabler

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy Tammy:welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BYC! :)
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  7. Latestarter

    Latestarter Free Ranging

    Mar 18, 2014
    North East Texas
    Greetings and welcome to BYC Tammy! So glad you joined us. Sorry your previous attempt at chickeneering went south on you. There's a wealth of info, knowledge and experience shared in the multitude of threads. There are numerous discussions on mites and lice and dealing with that particular issue. (Typically, mites are almost microscopic, while lice are readily visible). You can search using either term or whatever subject you wish to look at. Browse around and see what interesting stuff you can find. By all means post away when the desire strikes you, especially if you have questions (provide as much detail/info as possible and pictures truly help)... With all the great folks here, generally someone will respond in no time at all. Please make yourself at home!

    Oh, if you haven't done so already, PLEASE put at least your general location in your profile. It could be very important if/when you ask for or offer help or advice. You know, climate issues and such. Old folks like me :old will never remember & look there first. To add it, mouse hover over Account top right and a drop down will appear. Click on Personal Details and scan down. You'll see the spot for Location. Then go to the bottom and save changes. Thanks! Hope you enjoy the site!
  8. Plip

    Plip Free Ranging

    Apr 28, 2010
    NW Washington State
    Sounds like a nice flock, Tammy!

    Welcome to BYC! Great to have you here!
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  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G’Day from down under Tammy :frow Welcome and Congratulations! :clap

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    I do hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also Find Your State Thread and pop in and say hello.

    BYC has a Learning Centre and also Topic of the Week discussions which I have found to be a great resource, informative and sometimes entertaining; so definitely worth checking out. This one in particular may be of interest to you:
    Topic of the Week - Lice and Mites - Prevention and Treatments

    If you would like to share Pictures and Stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out ;)
  10. SimplyLivinthatFarmLife

    SimplyLivinthatFarmLife Crowing

    Jul 17, 2017
    Hi Tammy and welcome to BYC :frow. You've joined a great site with lots of friendly people, funny stories and lots of helpful advice. I had two girls die of Marek's as well (Lavender Orpingtons) and that was devastating. My other girls are doing fine and I will be adding more to the coop when they are of age.

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