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    • CommentAuthorMikedwill
    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2013 6:15pm (Aug 31st 2013)
     
    I have had an infestation of red mite after my hens refused to go to roost at night, I have thoroughly cleansed with poultry shield and followed with white vinegar throughout the run and roosting area, and also used diatom powder on the chucks, and seem to have cleared them, but the chucks refuse to use the roost at night and sleep in the run. Please can anyone tell me if they will return,eventually, of their own accord or will I have to manually put them in? They are going back in during the day to lay their eggs! Strange!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2013 2:45pm (Sep 1st 2013)
     
    I reckon you might need to...er...persuade them for a little while! Look at Neil's post (Ugh, we've got mites, I think it's called) for his recent experiences!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2013 4:19pm (Sep 1st 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenI reckon you might need to...er...persuade them for a little while!


    I agree, if you pick them up and put them on their roost at night, they should realise the mites have gone and that that's where they're supposed to sleep! Good luck :smile:
    • CommentAuthorchooksnpinkroses
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2014 12:53am (Dec 30th 2014) edited
     
    I was going to say what others have. Put them in manually for as many nights as it takes for them to realise that the problem is gone and then they should happily go in by them selves after that.:face-smile:

    Sorry, didn't realise this was so old.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2014 12:09pm (Dec 30th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chooksnpinkrosesSorry, didn't realise this was so old.

    No worries :)