Our chickens have a bad mite infestation. Any ideas of how to treat it please, a natural way would be good.

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Hi, not an answer to your questions Im afraid... but how do you know that they have mites? Just interested to know if it is really obvious or you have to regularly be picking up your chickens and having a good look under their feathers. Thanks
We've used dusting powder for caged birds bought at a local pet store. The free-er the chickens range the less of a problem mites seem to be. After dusting the mites you have to give their house a really thorough clean to kill off mites living in there. Books I have read recommend a nasty toxic chemical wash, I've used fly spray (has to be with pyrethrum) and the same dust I used on the hens, after a hot soapy scrub and lots of sun to dry.

I have had diatomaceous earth recommended for insect problems in our composting loo, might be worth a try. Sprinkle it in the cage and over the birds. I just googled DE to check spelling and found this http://www.earthwiseshop.co.nz/shop/Organic+Plant+Care/Diatomaceous... (obviously you'd have to find a local shop to supply).

Following a dusting a few years ago I started getting bitten at night and after extensive research decided that I had bed bugs! They appear to be the same or similar to red mites that the hens had. They only come out at night and so you wake up with nasty itchy bites but never see the little blighters. (No-see-ems.) The only thing that god rid of them was fly spray with pyrethrum.
Janette Williams said:
Hi, not an answer to your questions Im afraid... but how do you know that they have mites? Just interested to know if it is really obvious or you have to regularly be picking up your chickens and having a good look under their feathers. Thanks
Hi, i think 'dust baths' are their main defense against mites, so they need an area of dirt they can fluff up in, i think the mites grab onto the dust particles and drop off.
Hi Steve, have had chickens for years and never had this problem before. Bought some Inca insect animal dust and covered the chickens in it. Also scrubbed out their house and perches. They are all back in lay so must be happy.
Cheers Di

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