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what do you use to keep out bugs ?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by henlady777, May 15, 2016.

  1. henlady777

    henlady777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ?bugs out of what? Chickens love to eat insects, so I keep chickens to lower my insect population.
     
  3. henlady777

    henlady777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I mean like lice n stuff
     
  4. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see. Really the best way to prevent lice and mites is to allow your birds to take dust baths. If the have access to dirt they will create one of their own. If they do not you need to give them an area, I usually use an old washtub and put dry dirt, sand, and I have heard wood ash is excellent, in it. They will do a very good job of keeping themselves clean.
    During the winter, because mine spend so much time locked in a barn, I put down DE on the floor. I then cover that with straw.
     
  5. henlady777

    henlady777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds good to me :)
     
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yep, only thing we have done so far is dirt bathing.
     
  7. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Normal dust bathing activities by the flock will keep pests at bay and maintain the flock in a healthy condition. Just make sure that the flock has a place where they can dust bath...

    Build it and they will come.

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    Now if you notice an infestation in the flock, then you will need to take some further steps. You'll want to add Diatomacious Earth to the location where the flock normally dust bathes.

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    You might also think about replacing the litter in the coop, and sealing any cracks and crevices where the pests can seek shelter. Mites are great at hiding in cracks near the roost and coming out after dark to feed on the roosting birds.
     
  8. henlady777

    henlady777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Than you all !
    they are fun to watch [​IMG]
     
  9. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have those insect screens

    you can wrap it around your run if you like.
     
  10. henlady777

    henlady777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] did a white wash and think I might use sad on the floor
     
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