waging war on mites, help

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bayford21, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Bayford21

    Bayford21 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read and studied a lot on mites online, at least what's available. What's a fool proof way to really get rid of them and give relief to flock. Keep in mind I don't have infestation. I noticed a patch of feather missing from her back. They don't seem to be bothering but a few but I know they spread fast. Today I cleaned, scooped, vacumed, sprayed bleach, sprayed sevin, when dry I dusted seven, provided DE for dust bathing, sprayed the infested with pyrithrin, dipped a few in pyrithrin shampoo. What else can I do, I lost sleep worried about a mite epidemic. Any help appreciated.thanks
     
  2. War Chicken

    War Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quest Plus for cattle. It's a paste and not water soluble but it will take care of all worms and hematophagus mites (and possibly others). Use this in conjunction with your environmental controls.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like you broke the bank for not having any mites. I don't treat prophylactically. What I read is that sevin dust is the best dusting approach to clean up the mites, if you have any. Any infested chickens can be dusted in a pillow case, and the coop dusted with the sevin.

    Chris
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    It sounds like you've done everything except WAIT to see if it's working
     
  5. Bayford21

    Bayford21 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have waited a week, no sign of mites however my buff hen is still anemic and I hope she recovers soon. I feed her scrambled eggs everyday. Any idea how long recovery is?
     
  6. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    There are more than one species of chicken mite.
    If I were to treat prophylactically I would use Permeation liquid mixed with used motor oil and paint every crack, cranny, split and crevice in the coop with this mixture, paying special attention to the roost poles. Mix the insecticide with the used motor oil using the same premise spray recipe for mixing it with same amount of water that you have used motor oil.

    If you did not have an infestation I doubt that your Buff hens anemia is the result of mites.
     
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  7. Bayford21

    Bayford21 Out Of The Brooder

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    Didn't appear to be infestation, what else would cause anemia? The motor oil idea sounds good
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Worms cause anemia, as does poor diets.

    Used motor oil is full of carcinogens.
    Used (or even new) vegetable oil will kill mites just as effectively, without killing anything else
     
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  9. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

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    Great advice from Bear Foot Farm...
     
  10. Irishhenman

    Irishhenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I you can get hold of a couple of poultry smoke bombs. I can buy them from sales here. All you have to do is block up any holes (ventilation ect) and set one off inside the coop (no birds inside it obviously)wait twenty minutes and then remove the smoke bomb and let it air out for a while. Also when I say bomb they do not go bang or anything and the substance that burns is deadly to all insects inside. Then you just treat ALL the birds that live in that house before you re introduce them
     

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