red mites under our broody hen-help!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by splady, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. splady

    splady In the Brooder

    Aug 3, 2011
    Our broody hen is sitting on a clutch of eggs which are due to hatch this weekend. This morning we discovered red mites in the nesting box where she and the eggs are sitting.
    We're afraid to move her incase she goes off being broody but are worried about the effect the mites may have on the hen, the eggs and the chicks when they hatch.
    What should we do?
  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    dust the nest box now.... we found broodies are the best red mites trap around... [​IMG]

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