Weird bugs in coop! HELP!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChickChick0811, May 31, 2012.

  1. ChickChick0811

    ChickChick0811 In the Brooder

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    So the other day I thought I saw what was a small tiny beetle in my coop. No biggie I thought. I had just changed out the shavings. Well today I went out and starting emptying the shavings from last week and didn't see anything until I went to my shavings pile to dump another load. There were hundred of them on in the shavings I just dumped so I went back to the coop and started sifting through it and saw LOTS of them. The seem very shy, do not look like mites, fleas or ticks. They are black and dig down to the bottom of the shavings as soon as they see you.The squish easily not like fleas. I did not see any on my chickens, but still need to take another look. Does anyone know what they could be? I emptied the whole coop and kicked my chickens out and I'm going to use some bleach and DE. Any other suggestions?
     
  2. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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  3. ChickChick0811

    ChickChick0811 In the Brooder

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    not sure. I'm going out with a jar now to get a closer look at them :(
     
  4. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    See if you can find any larvae too.
     
  5. off-grid hen

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    Take a photo when you grab some. Photograph a ruler or coin next to it, so we can more easily identify it. :)
     
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  6. ChickChick0811

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    Ok so I caught one. They have wings and are very small. Head is black and body is a brownish with black...hhhmmmm hope this helps.
     
  7. Gallo del Cielo

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    hmmm...that's not descriptive enough. We'd need a picture. Does it look like the pictures in the previous link?
     
  8. ChickChick0811

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    No it doesn't. I have it in a baby food jar. Let me try to get a picture of it :) THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP :)
     
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  10. ChickChick0811

    ChickChick0811 In the Brooder

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    Its a little bigger than a dog flea. Has wings. Moves fast
     

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