super mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by missmaisie, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. missmaisie

    missmaisie Out Of The Brooder

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    being new to chickens...I was slow to recognize mites until major infestation. and it's possible that I've got 2 types to contend with: red mites and northern fowl mites. I've blasted the wooden hutch with sprays and powders and no longer see little reds running around. My 2 chickens have been sprayed on a daily basis for almost a week and each morning there have been dead mites to brush off the tail area & dead mites on nesting litter which I change. But I don't want to kill the chickens with chemicals in the process of getting rid of bugs. Yesterday I heavily powdered them with food-grade DE, which is also in their nesting box litter and sometimes sprinkled on their pellets to prevent intestinal worms. I'm no longer getting mites on me when I clean nesting boxes or handle the chickens (why I think northern fowl mites - seeing movement on birds during day, moving black specks on egg, my hands & arms getting covered). Yet I continue to see moving mites on back of light colored hen every morning - only a couple today - but it's so depressing that the little buggers are still crawling!
    I've ordered an Eglu - plastic - I just don't think I can prevent infestations in the heat & humidity of Philadelphia summers. Does anyone have any ideas about how to finish off the remaining bugs?
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Have you given your birds a place to dust bathe? That helps them get the dust deep into their feathers, also.
     
  3. missmaisie

    missmaisie Out Of The Brooder

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    I put a litter box with sand & a bit of dirt in their pen and it's got lots of DE sprinkled in. I've seen them perched on the rim & they've walked through it (footprints) but I don't know if they're using it.
     

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