What are tiny round black bugs? Some type of mite?

chickcritty

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I've heard of the red mites that infest chickens but what are these? I didn't actually find them on the chickens, when I opened the coop this morning the tiny black things were crawling on my sleeve. They are about the size of a poppy seed or slightly smaller.
 

JennsPeeps

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That sounds like mites. My mites are black, not red. They can't bite humans (their biting apparatus is species-specific). Sevin dust, if you can still find it, will take care of the mites.
 

annek

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When I was at Home Depot yesterday they had lots of it. I am in SC but where one has it most do too.
 

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