Outdoor pests?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lclark, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. lclark

    lclark 20 acres bliss

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    Good morning feathered friends! We are getting ready to move our chickens out to the coop....do we need to be watchful of any fleas, mites or pests like that? What steps can we take to keep our chickens healthy?
     
  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes mites and fleas are an issue. The best thing you can do for them is let them have access to very dry dirt. The birds take dust baths to keep themselves free of pests. So very dry dirt they can dig out a bit and roll about in will be the best way to keep pests from becoming a problem.
     
  3. lclark

    lclark 20 acres bliss

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    Thank you! I appreciate the advice :)
     
  4. guineapeeps

    guineapeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could also put diatomaceous earth in the dirt where they take their dust bath. It's a good, safe way to keep the pests away. I also occasionally put sevin dust in my Guinea fowl's dust bath area to repel mites.
     
  5. lclark

    lclark 20 acres bliss

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    Ok...is that something I can pick up at the feed store?
     
  6. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes you can, and it is great stuff, but be careful how much you use. Also be warned, do not breath it in. It is very harsh on your lungs, and can even harsh to your birds as well. I use it, under my straw on a cement floor, but be careful.
     
  7. lclark

    lclark 20 acres bliss

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    Good advice! Thank you! :)
     
  8. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far the best prevention I have found is dumping the wood ash from my wood stove or firepit right into the holes the dig and bathe in, Not a mite or worm yet.
     
  9. lclark

    lclark 20 acres bliss

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    Really?...that is so interesting! We have a lot of that lol :)
     
  10. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try it. It surely can't hurt.
     

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