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Mites

Post by crazypianolady » 05 Jun 2014, 08:37

In spite of my best efforts, my broody pekin has got mites. (Not red mite!) She's now got four chicks with her.

I've put her in a different coop with plenty of diatom and ant powder in the bedding, but can't decide what to treat her with. If anything yet. Her chicks are so tiny I don't want to risk poisoning them, but obviously they'll be under attack as well. :?

Your thoughts, please!


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Re: Mites

Post by subruss » 05 Jun 2014, 09:13

I would just dust her with louse powder or whatever you normally use for lice the chicks will be fine they will benefit from the ant powder and diatom in the bedding just don't over do it with the ant powder :)

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Re: Mites

Post by crazypianolady » 05 Jun 2014, 13:28

Thanks, that 's pretty much what I'd decided. Always good to have a second opinion that agrees with me! ;) :grin:

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Re: Mites

Post by Lindsay » 06 Jun 2014, 06:54

I'd probably give her some Ivermectin or equivalent too. I coated an ant-filled small wooden coop with ant powder a month ago. Yesterday I watched several ants happily wading through the powder ... I'm more-or-less completely using plastic, or creosote painted coops now, as I'm so sick of battling creepy crawlies on my poor birds.

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Re: Mites

Post by crazypianolady » 06 Jun 2014, 08:31

Lindsay wrote:I'd probably give her some Ivermectin or equivalent too. I'm more-or-less completely using plastic, or creosote painted coops now, as I'm so sick of battling creepy crawlies on my poor birds.
I daren't risk using drops on her for fear of poisoning her chicks. :(

This little rabbit hutch was the last of my wooden housing - I changed to plastic several years ago. And now it's gone on next-door's latest bonfire I'm wood free! :lol:

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Post by Lindsay » 07 Jun 2014, 07:09

crazypianolady wrote:
Lindsay wrote:
This little rabbit hutch was the last of my wooden housing - I changed to plastic several years ago. And now it's gone on next-door's latest bonfire I'm wood free! :lol:
Same here :grin: Green Frog coops, but I can't bear to waste my children's ex-guinea pig and rabbit hutches. And I've yet to find something cheap and weatherproof for broodies. I have 3 at the moment, and I've been looking into plastic barrels, but with the occasional extreme weather we can get out here, it is really hard to find something suitable.

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Re: Mites

Post by subruss » 07 Jun 2014, 09:38

Use ficam w then you wont have to waste any wooden coops/hutches, expensive but it works :thumbright:

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Re: Mites

Post by organic chick » 07 Jun 2014, 13:22

How about a cheap plastic dog kennel?
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Re: Mites

Post by Lindsay » 07 Jun 2014, 17:19

organic chick wrote:How about a cheap plastic dog kennel?
I've looked at them - the problem is that 'cheap' and 'France' don't really work in the same sentence ...

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