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    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2008 9:01pm (Aug 27th 2008)
    We noticed our girls' coup was teeming with mites crawling around. We've dismantled it (it's wooden) and jet washed it. Sprayed it with bleach kitchen cleaner and thousands more ran out from the slatted woodwork. Horrid!

    We've noticed they've been nibbling our girls' combs to suck their blood! They've been dusted with mite powder and are in temporary cardboard accommodation (under cover, in a cage too)

    Once we've got rid of them (presumably only 99% of them) what can we do to keep them at bay?


    Ferg & Andrea
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2008 9:25pm (Aug 27th 2008)
    Look at the theread on Red'll make you itch, but I think you'll find it useful...sounds as though you've got Red Mites, but Red (harhar) will know more than me.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2008 9:32pm (Aug 27th 2008)
    Great, found it here thanks

    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2008 9:51pm (Aug 27th 2008)
    Seems to be the season for the horrible little things. Mites that is, not Reds!!!
    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2008 9:55pm (Aug 27th 2008)
    Its making me itchy!!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2008 10:01pm (Aug 27th 2008) edited
    Everyone have a good scrat.
    Ch Ch Ch Tsk Tsk Tsk

    What does a scratch sound like?????
    • CommentTimeAug 28th, 2008 1:24pm (Aug 28th 2008)

    Keeper of the hens

    goosegog, was just gonna direct you to the Red Mite thread but see you've already found it...just keep their bedding littered with the DE and the mites shouldn't cause any problems...they're nasty little boogers, good luck!
    • CommentTimeAug 28th, 2008 1:46pm (Aug 28th 2008)
    Seems like these little vampires seem to be attacking everyone!:_oh: feel sooooo ichy!!!
    • CommentTimeAug 28th, 2008 2:52pm (Aug 28th 2008)

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah we used to have real problems with them when Milly was little and the chucks could literally see them crawling in her feathers and i'd feel so guilty. Plus i'd get them on me too when i held her, which was not nice :ack2:
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 28th, 2008 3:40pm (Aug 28th 2008)
    Scratch sounds like tshk tshk tshk. Well it does in Bucks!