Poultry Mite

How do you know if your chickens have Red Mite problems?

You will notice two things; firstly your egg production will start to go down as the chickens need to replace the lost blood taken by the Red Mites (which means less energy to produce eggs) and secondly, the chickens will start to peck each other where they see the infestation usually jus...

How do you know if your chickens have Red Mite problems?

You will notice two things; firstly your egg production will start to go down as the chickens need to replace the lost blood taken by the Red Mites (which means less energy to produce eggs) and secondly, the chickens will start to peck each other where they see the infestation usually just at the base of the birds tail feathers.

At this point the problem is likely to be causing stress and is getting serious. Keep a close eye out for any pecking behaviour and also any bald, bloody patches appearing on your birds. Red Mite is a blood-feeding ecto-parasite (‘ecto’ means it attacks or feeds on the outside of the bird as opposed to worms (endo-parasite) that feed on the inside. It usually attacks resting birds, mainly during the night for a short (1-2 hours) blood meal. After feeding, the mites hide in cracks and crevices away from daylight. Here they mate and lay their eggs.

Red mites are very small just visible without magnifi cation and may appear like moving specs of dirt the eggs are microscopically small (400 x 270u) oval and pearly white. Red mites are not species specific and will ‘attack’ any species or breed of bird. They do not fly nor are they usually transmitted via clothing although if there is a bad infestation, mites have been known to ‘jump’ onto a person’s clothing and therefore could be transported this way to another location/aviary etc. Remember they are only usually out of their harbourage towards dusk/dark and would be unusual for them to be active during daylight hours. They are extremely mobile considering their microscopic size and can travel great distances relative to their size! They can be transferred from bird to bird or from wild birds landing on your aviaries, especially if there is an open area of roof. Adults are red when engorged with blood otherwise black, grey or white females about 1 mm long. Life cycle (stages) -Female mites deposit eggs (after a blood meal) in crevices, under boards, at the ends of perches where they butt up to the back of the cage or in debris near roosts.

Proofing - Seal as many joints and crevices of your cages, aviaries, nest boxes and feeders as possible with silicon sealer. Red mites are able to survive rigorous cleaning and disinfection programmes.

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  • The Poultry Mite Blitz Kit contains a semi residual organic spray to treat all the roosting sites, a fumigation smoke generator to treat the entire coop and a natural dusting powder to treat the birds. Protector is a natural insect killer, biodegradeable, water based and ready for use against a wide range of insects. 300 ml trigger spray container....

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    Oa2ki is a totally natural product called diatomaceous earth, produced from finely milled fossilised diatoms, which under the microscope have incredibly sharp edges, causing insects damage to their outer wax cuticles and to dehydrate and die. A non toxic insect killer in an aerosol.Because of the lack of chemicals or pesticides, the insects can develop a...

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  • Water based aerosol insect killer containing 100% natural ingredients. Use as a space or surface spray even in food sensitive areas. Use on hard porous and non-porous surfaces, hard and soft furnishings including bedding, kitchens, patios, paths and wasp nests. Being water based means it is non-flammable and there is no solvent odour. Contains natural...

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