July 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm #525710
I just found eggs! :woohoo: :woohoo:
A clutch of at least nine of them, so far behind bramble that I’ll have to cut my way to it tomorrow. Pity I don’t have a goat!July 26, 2012 at 12:02 am #525711
Miaowzen, if you google the mites you will probably get more sound information than I can give you. And I don’t want to frighten the life out of you with my experience, becuase i think our infestation got so bad because i had NO idea they were living in the night pen, and the length of time the mites were in there may have had some reason why we couldn’t get them out :shrug: . Good news on the eggs though! you will be cooking up a lovely storm tomorrow i’m sure :tup:July 26, 2012 at 12:28 am #525712
I believe you will need to thoroughly clean out the cage, hopefully you can find where they have a nest, pressure cleaner would be good. I would talk to your local produce or vet. We have rosemary and wormwood now growing to hopefully keep away mites. I have also heard apple cider vinegar and garlic in the water can help keep them off the chooks? They apparently only go on the chooks of the night when they roost.July 26, 2012 at 12:53 am #525713
Okie, I’ll give it a go re the cleaning and see what I can do. :tup:July 26, 2012 at 1:01 am #525714
I think you will need to disinfect with something but not sure what, maybe vinegar will be enough? Ours looked terrible after mites and the vet reception told us to use cetrigen!! Which is not cool at all. Thankfully we have friends who are vets and told us a good witholding time on eggs! Needless to say our dogs got lots of eggs at that time.July 26, 2012 at 1:28 am #525715
Are those eggs OK for the dog if they are not OK for you? Just wondering what the difference would be? Useful to know.July 26, 2012 at 2:28 pm #525716
Then once you’ve rid the coop of them plant heaps of tansy — mites hate it. My nesting boxes always have a fresh bouquet of tansy inside them.July 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm #525717
I’m not sure that these are the proverbial ‘red mites’. They’re oval shaped and more of an auburn brown. Red mites are supposed to be grey or white and turn red after sucking blood, you can apparently identify them by squishing them and they squish blood. These critters however are all the same reddish brown and don’t leave any blood if I squish them.
Investigating further, I have these little critters everywhere in the whole yard, even on concrete areas.They are too small for me to count the number of legs.
I also have fleas (or some other tiny black jumping critter, but I assume fleas) all over my entire yard.
So it’s not going to be possible for me to get rid of them, and as a novice I can’t tell if they are bad guys that want to eat my chickens or if they are mites that eat other mites or even mites that eat fleas!
For now I have sprayed the feeder and the plastic nesting box (which isn’t being used anyway!!) with neat vinegar and lemon homemade cleaner to which I added a number of drops of ‘thieves’ essential oil – so named because thieves apparently used it when looting dead bodies during the plaque. I’ll see if they stay away from those areas, and if so I’ll spray the whole cage with it and get rid of the litter.July 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm #525718
Miaowzen, I’d get rid of the litter straight away. Burn it if you can as those critters can survive for months without a feed & keep breeding. If it’s mites, you will see them on your chooks. Turn your chook onto her back & look under her wings & around her vent. You’ll see them crawling around on them if they’re there. They lay eggs on the base of feathers around the vent area. It will look like whitish clusters. Here’s a pic…
When you’ve removed the litter, dust around the chook house & nest boxes with either diatomaceous earth or a sulphur powder or pestene. Dust the chooks with that too, under the wings, around the vent, just to be sure they’re not carrying mites. The red mites are different to the scale mites so you won’t necessarily see them on their legs.
Better to play it safe than end up with an infestation in a month or two – they are much more prevalent in warmer weather. Good luck!July 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm #525719
Thank you, I’ll try to catch one when she’s got her head in the feeder. No idea how I’ll get her upside down, but I’ll give it a shot. If no luck, I’ll grab one at night and get DH to hold a torch
I’d have to set my whole yard alight to get rid of them by burning 🙁July 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm #525720
The cetrigen hasn’t been tested on humans so the company wont give you a safe time but is fine for animals and used regularly. When I looked into it some people actually use it on themselves to treat wounds… I think I will stick with my medicine cupboard for us! I think I said we have rosemary and wormwood but I forgot I also planted a tansy so glad to hear they work.
Our only surviving chook from the dog is still alive. Our baby chooks managed to get to her and attack her further!!! Having a few quick lessons on chooks in the last week! So she is now inside safe and hopefully recovering. She looks ok, just quiet and resting. I thought I was getting chooks for eggs, never realised they were such great pets and I would grow so attached to them. :cheer:July 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm #525721
I had a close look at a vent and surrounding skin and there were no mites, bites, red itchy spots, eggs or other unfavourable things to be seen :clap:
Poor chickens were rather stressed by being handled though! I guess they’d better get used to it 🙂July 27, 2012 at 12:37 am #525722
Miaowzen, bet it was nice to have a feel of them 🙂 I dust my chooks in the pestene that Bandicoot Valeey mentioned, I do it every few months -quarterly. I probably do it more to ease my mind than anything else.
Imd80, Yeah i think most people start off just wanting eggs, but most of us end up going chook crazy :laugh:July 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm #525723
Do the mites look like this?
If so, what it sounds like Mia is that you have Red Spider Mites. These are not avian mites and won’t attack your chickens…more likely to attack your tomatoes! They are often found in gardens and are often mistaken for avian mites.
The little flea like critters are also not fleas, they’re called wood hoppers. They look like fleas but aren’t. Adult fleas need a host to survive on and die within about 5-10 minutes of being off a host animal.July 27, 2012 at 6:22 pm #525724
I think I will need to get a microscope!!!
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