Teeny Tiny Bugs on Window Sill

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  1. MesMama

    MesMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Noticed some super tiny bugs on the window sill in the coop this morning, so small like if you took a sharpened pencil and made a dot. Kind of brownish maybe? But so small I couldn't really tell. There's some poop on the sill because they like to sit up there :/
    I haven't noticed them anywhere else, but then again they're really small. Anyone know what they might be? I know it's a long shot, not much to go on, but I was wondering about lice or mites? If it's lice they're babies because my mom's chickens had lice a few weeks ago and these are considerably smaller and hers were whitish, these are considerably smaller.
     
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  3. MesMama

    MesMama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are mites super tiny, like wouldn't see them unless you were looking for them? I was holding one of my 9 week old chicks and after she got down I noticed a couple uber tiny brownish bugs on my arm and shirt. I've been on the lookout today to try and determine what the bugs are and if I need to be concerned. Checking vents etc and haven't actually seen any bugs directly ON any of them. I can't really handle my older birds because they're not tame at all :( May need to go out after dark and check them. I sprayed Tempo (get it from the local farmers co-op) all over the coop yesterday, hoping that works if it IS mites?? I'm nervous about using Sevin dust ON the chickens themselves, that stuff scares me :eek: Is it enough to dust the coop well?
     
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    There are SO many different kind of insects around...most of them harmless to chickens.
    I do not treat unless I know for sure they're a threat to the birds.
    I'd have to see insect eggs on the feather shafts before pulling out any poisons..then out comes the permethrin dust.
     
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    I like that philosophy:) I will check my adults after dark tonight...fingers crossed for no critters!
     
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    Can you get any pictures of the little critters?
    I do agree with @aart there are so many bugs out there it's hard to tell what and when to treat.
    I do use Poultry Dust (pyrethrin) in the coop. A small amount in the corners, I move the bedding and put it on the flooring, when I change the nesting material I put a little in those too (under the nesting material). I mainly rely on (hopefully) dust bathing, but I add ash to their favorite dust bathing spots.
     
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    They are so small I don't think they would even show up in a pic :( I think I may add some ash to their dusting areas, that's a good idea
     
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    [​IMG] LOL probably so, but you never know what type of photography skills some may have.
     

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