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Should I destroy my mite infested brooder? ( FIRST POST-NEED HELP!!!!)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Hans X Chicken, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Hans X Chicken

    Hans X Chicken Hatching

    Nov 2, 2011
    So I have six 6-8 week old silkies that have been infested with mites. We have been treating them with Poultry Protector and VetRx bathing them and spraying the brooder, but the problem seems to be getting much worse. I we now have a severe infestation. We recently gave them a bath and notice the accumulation of 100's if not 1000's of mite eggs around there necks. At this point I am unsure what to do in order to protect my babies, as well as the rest of my 16 fully grown chickens who are constantly scratching around underneath the chick brooder.

    I am concerned with the brooder that might be providing a lot of protection for the mites. My neighbor gave me and old wood cage he had constructed for his rabbits he no longer used and I rewired it with some chicken wire and put a new leak proof roof on it. It is a stand alone structure with 4x4 wood legs. The wood is weathered and has a lot of cracks and splits in it.

    Is it possible to eliminate the pest problem without destroying my current brooder?...and If I construct a new brooder would I just be providing the mites a new save haven to continue to plague my chicks?


  2. Impress

    Impress Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    I would switch the products you are using, the poultry protector is a chemical free, natural treatment that has worked not on iota for me, and VetRX, isn't that for colds, eye worms, and scaly leg? I would treat your brooder aggressively with some good proven treatments, Seven Dust is what I use and it works great.
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I'd spray the brooder with Permethrin, let it dry, and then spray it with a 20% Clorox solution

    Permethrin is an insecticide that is a synthetic replica of the natural insecticide pyrethrum which is derived from the flowers of the daisy chrysanthemum​

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