Tiny red bugs?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Porterfive, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Porterfive

    Porterfive Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2007
    Collinsville, MS
    We are very new to chickens and are just reading all we can to learn about these little guys.
    I was hoping someone might be able to answer this question for me.
    We have just got 4 adult bantams that are in a coop and 3 six week old banatam chicks. I haven't had a chance yet to look at the adults but the chicks have running on their skin, tiny little red bugs. Not completley infested but enough to see while handling them. I have also seen what looks like the same thing scurring around on two feed bags I bought from the store the other day.
    The chicks are all healthy and aren't scratching.
    Does anyone know what these might be? Do I need to get rid of them or are they not a problem.
    Thanks in advance for any advice/answers.
    One of Porterfive:)
  2. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    They might be chiggers![​IMG] I hope not cause if they are you need to quikly get the chicks in the sink for a quick bath. If you give them a bath don't stick there heads in the water, just rinse them off real good! (Warm water)
  3. Newchickenmom&kids

    Newchickenmom&kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2007
  4. erinm

    erinm Posting For A change

    Feb 24, 2007
    Central Massachusetts
    I bet mites also. I read they can drive your birds nuts with the scratching so much they stop eating drinking etc. ErinM
  5. jab91864

    jab91864 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    Sounds like blood sucking mites to me.

  6. Porterfive

    Porterfive Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2007
    Collinsville, MS
    Thanks for everyone's help. Turns out they are lice and told to use Sevin dust to get rid of them.
  7. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

    May 11, 2007
    DE would work and much safer than sevin dust!

    (DE=diatomaceous earth)
  8. chickychicka

    chickychicka Out Of The Brooder

    May 16, 2012
    Italy, Europe
    How is DE used? I have foodgrade DE at home, do I sprinkle it on the chickens or spread it on the ground where they dust bathe? How much do I need to use? Do I need to wash the coop with water and bleach, or do I use DE in there, too? Thanks for any replies and/or tips!
    Are those red mites? I think they are.
  9. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Carbaryl is much more effective. Also treat the coop and roosts, and WEAR AT LEAST a N95 face mask! DE is no safer to inhale that either carbaryl or permethrin. The latter is approved for use in chickens, and works fine. DE has some limited use in dust baths in dry places, but again it's not safe to breathe. You will need to retreat every seven to ten days for two or three treatments. I use Ivermectin injectable topically on my chickens for lice, mites, and intestinal parasites, although it's not approved for use, because it's not a dust so no breathing issues. Mary
  10. chickychicka

    chickychicka Out Of The Brooder

    May 16, 2012
    Italy, Europe
    Thank you! I am trying to avoid the use of pesticides unless I feel beaten and have tried natural methods too many times unsuccessfully. For now I hope I have luck, but seeing these tiny bugs makes me anxious to miss some that will reproduce. I wonder how they suddenly appeared in the first place? Then they may just reappear again even if the existing get wiped out! Argh! Parasites on pets are such a headache!

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