OMG! How I hate MITES with a passion!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CaraStrong, Sep 29, 2014.

  1. CaraStrong

    CaraStrong Out Of The Brooder

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    Alright y'all! I have had chicken's for the last year and a half. I freakin love these guys but for some reason I cannot seem to get rid of mites! We even have scaly leg mites too! Grrrr! I have tried everything and I am really starting to get frustrated with trying to get rid of them. What can I do that will kill those things once and for all? I don't mind doing doing some work but this is getting ridiculous. Also, none of my neighbors are having issues the way that I am. Not sure if it's because I have a field behind the fence of where they are at, but I am for sure sick of this jazz!

    Thanks!
    Cara'
     
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  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Please post pics of your coop's interior so we can see some 'causes' that you might be missing.
     
  3. CaraStrong

    CaraStrong Out Of The Brooder

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    I have DE and straw at the bottom as well as in their nesting boxes.
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Got the pics...thanks.

    Question: What part of the country do you live in?

    Question: What is that plastic up in the rafters for?
     
  5. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and what have you used so far?
     
  6. CaraStrong

    CaraStrong Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, I live in Colorado.
    It's not plastic, it's insulation. I also have that between the walls. So the coop doesn't get too hot or too cold.

    I have had issues with scaly leg mites which I used Vaseline and did that multiple times which was very messy!
    then we had an issue with our polish getting mites and she died. We were dusting all birds with a chicken dust to get rid of the mites and recently switched to DE for the dusting because it seemed good. I also sprayed them with a mite, lice and tick preventative... Manno-pro Poultry Protector... I really need a kill all get r done remedy right now! I do not care if it is a all natural crap as I am not killing them with the natural stuff I have used. What about Ivermectin? Seems to me this might be the fix all I am looking for?
     
  7. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use seven dust. You can watch the buggers die! I hated using it as it is deadly to bees so I try to be as careful as I can. I dust inside the coop and use as little as I can. I put it inberween the feathers as much as I can and I do it at night so it settles as much as it can before they get out again in the morning. I have used ivermectin pour on and sometimes still will depending on the bird. With polish put a pinch in the head puff. Don't let them breathe it and you don't need to either. I just got tired of dealing with the bugs. DE was useless. Some say it is good as a preventative. I'm not so sure.
     

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