stomping

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by henhousechick, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. henhousechick

    henhousechick New Egg

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    Hello, is it really mites that cause my chickens to stomp while roosting - I sat there in the evening and was amazed listening to this rhythmic beat from these chickens in one area of the henhouse, then it started in the other part of the house. Some always thumped twice in a row, and at least five thumped always in the same order. None of them thumped at the same time, only one at a time. Within ten minutes all 40 chickens were keeping the beat! This went on for at least 30 minutes, then they all just stopped. I've had chickens for five years and I've never experienced this - very cool.
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello and [​IMG]
     
  3. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

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  4. Jerseycoop

    Jerseycoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting question..if not then your chickens should start a band! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. I've never heard of chickens stomping while roosting. I suggest you go out there after dark with your flashlight and check for mites crawling on your roosts and chickens. They can cause anemia and eventual death to your chickens. You'll need to treat your chickens and their house if they have them. You can post in the emergency section...you'll get plenty of help there.
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  7. broodytood

    broodytood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Food grade DE will take care of the mites! [​IMG]
     
  8. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a powder the other day at TSC. dusted my little girls and it took care of the itchy little mites red and wht,

    welcome from SC [​IMG]

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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG], and yes, red mites coming out of the crevices to feed at night can cause your chickens to stomp while on the roost. We used to treat the roosts, cracks and crevices, and floor/wall junctures with old crankcase oil. Modern miticides would be more effective and far less messy. [​IMG]
     
  10. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]. Hope you get it all straightened out!
     

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