Questioning if my coop has Invisible bugs/mites?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by byouland, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. byouland

    byouland In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2013
    For the past two nights when my hens go into the coop they peck at the floor. I've checked the floor and don't see anything. I cleaned out the coop and put fresh shavings and hay inside. But again they are pecking at the floor. I went into the coop with a flash light and cannot see anything. Is it possible they have mites and I'm unaware of this? Any suggestions would be appreciated it. Thanks in advance :)
  2. Valk

    Valk Chirping

    May 14, 2013
    Durango, Colorado
    My chickens love to peck at/eat the tiny particles of straw that I lay down for them in the coop, and sometimes the run. It keeps them nice and busy too! They'll peck at any spots or discoloration to see if it's a tasty treat.

    Regarding mites: sprinkle some Diatomaceous Earth, that should get rid of the problem - if there is one. [​IMG]
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Mine usually want to eat right before they roost, and also spend time pecking at the shavings etc under the roosts because that is where they are just before bedtime. If you are using hay as bedding it is possible they are pecking at / eating the leaves and seeds off the hay. Like Valk said, they will peck at spots or anything to see if it is edible. Chickens generally won't peck at mites since the mites are so tiny. If you've looked with a flashlight and not seen mites, and checked the chickens, then I would guess they are just looking for a late night snack.
  4. Glue a sheet of newsprint onto a piece of cardboard and put the cardboard newsprint side up on the coop floor. The chickens will soon be trying to eat the words and punctuation marks off the paper. This is how all chickens explore their world.

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