Newbie needs help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by debbie mcd, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. debbie mcd

    debbie mcd Just Hatched

    Dec 19, 2014
    Hi, I'm just about to enter the world of keeping chickens but the more I read about disease and infestation the more worried I become. Are red spider mites a horrendous problem for most people. I'm happy to dedicate a lot of time to my new birds but dintcwantvthem taking over my life completely!
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    When digging deeper into chicken health, it really can seem intimidating and scary! But most illnesses are uncommon and most are easy to treat.

    Spider mites are not common. Make sure you flock can dust bathe daily. Here is a link on lice and mites also

    Good luck to you!
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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    As Mountain Peeps has suggested, all these diseases may seem intimidating at first. Just keep a close eye on your flock so that you an tell of a bird is a bit off and you can get a jump start on healing them. Keep your coop clean and it never hurts to dust your coop floors, nest boxes and roost bar (on top and bottom) once a month with DE. This is a natural product that will help keep the mites out of the coop.

    If you have any further questions, feel free to ask. Welcome to our flock!
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  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us!
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  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I haven't found red mites to be much of a problem, especially if you keep the coop clean and check your birds regularly for the first signs of infestation.
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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I've never had a problem with Red Mites. As long as you clean the coop regularly and your birds are relatively stress-free, you shouldn't have problems with them.
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  7. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    red spider mites are often a problem on house plants but, I don't know what would be save to use on chickens
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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
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  10. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC -- you may be surprised how that bolded bit might evolve over time [​IMG] - even if it doesn't, though, the good news is that for the most part chicken keeping is not something that *has* to take over your life, it just has a way of doing it (but in a good way).
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