May 7, 2008 at 2:14 am #243130
a couple of my chooks are suffering from some sort of mite, probably picked up from a couple of hippy dove freeloaders that come and visit occasionally. How do i treat them without going to the vet and paying a fortune?
-WocketMay 7, 2008 at 4:40 am #340747russellauMember
There are two ways that I am aware of, although I am only a beginner. You should make sure they have access to some dry soil so they can have dust baths. This is the natural way they deal with bity things.
You can also get a spray from your local produce store or larger petshop. The idea is to spray it on them when they have gone for a roost at dusk. They are more placid at this time. Again, I am a beginner at this myself, but these are two methods that I know do work.May 7, 2008 at 5:45 am #340748creekerMember
You can buy poultry dust from fodder stores, prolly pet stores too. Easiest done when they go to roost. Hold them upside down by the legs with one hand, shake on some dust and rub it through their feathers. DoneMay 7, 2008 at 7:07 am #340749redhen2Member
i scatter diatomaceous earth on their perch and in their dust baths. it can be quite dangerous to humans, so take care not to inhale or get it in your eyes. i think you can mail order from greenharvest.com.au.
hthMay 7, 2008 at 8:01 am #340750katerinaMember
I have been using fine milled sulphur powder. It works really well.
I have put it in an old tomato sauce bottle, you know the ones that you can squeeze, and I just squirt their bums with it and under their wings and all around the roost, they dont mind, and instant affect.
I have also planted wormwood around the chook pen to deter pests oh and we catch and eat the pigions that go anywhere near the chickens.:lol:May 7, 2008 at 9:28 am #340751creekerMember
redhen2 wrote: …it can be quite dangerous to humans, so take care not to inhale or get it in your eyes. …
Is it not also dangerous for the chooks then?May 7, 2008 at 10:08 am #340752redhen2Member
apparently not. friends who have an organic chicken (egg) farm use it and add small amounts to their food to deal with intestinal worms. it works because the particles are very sharp and mites and worms ingest it and it cuts them to shreds. i reckon a chook would be too big to be bothered by these tiny particles.
humans too, i suppose. a lot like asbestos, which is more a problem if inhaled than ingested.May 7, 2008 at 9:01 pm #340753
all great suggestions. 🙂
-WocketMay 7, 2008 at 9:21 pm #340754MumchookMember
Lice you can see crawling on the chooks during the day and mites are the really tiny dark beasties which come out at night and feast on your chooks! They are the ones which will leap on to you too, at a moment’s notice, if you pick up your chooks at night and get in your clothes etc. YUK!
I had ONE infestation of mites years and years ago, had them all over me as well :confused: :tdown: – I dusted the chooks (used Derris dust way back then) and have used preventative measures since.
Whatever you do to treat your couple of chooks now, do it to all of them. Wait for a sunny day and wash the shed and perches whilst you’re at it. You can use water with a dash of kerosene or diluted tea tree oil.
Good luck!May 8, 2008 at 3:37 am #340755
thanks mumchook! Yes, it’s evil nasty mites, but luckily we can go one better with the chook shed…burn it! IT was made with wattle and daub and I’ve been awaiting an excuse to rebuilt it for ages.May 13, 2008 at 6:22 am #340756KatamosMember
Hellew. You’ve probably fixed it by now, but we used the mite spray on their bums and under the wings, as well as in the coop after a thorough clean and spray with household bleach. The coop should be sprayed early in the morning (without chooks or food or water in it) and left to air out. We found that spraying the chooks again after a week helped to eradicate them.
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