More mites on polish chook.can I bath her??

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More mites on polish chook.can I bath her??

Postby kiwilass » Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:37 am

I found them again when she went to sit on the washing machine.
Show up well on the white machine.
I have tried flea powder and fly spray around the vent,but they are still there.
When I look on her body I cannot see any,but find them later on other things.
Can I give her a bath? would that get rid of them.
Feel so sorry for her with them there.

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Re: More mites on polish chook.can I bath her??

Postby Marina » Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:42 pm

I don't think bathing her would get rid of mites - it would only add stress to what she is already going through.

Mites don't usually live on the bird - but lice do. Are the bugs you are seeing the size of a grain of rice and brownish coloured? If yes - that's lice.

Mites that are on a chook are likely to be red and tiny.

Both mites and lice have developed resistance to some chemicals and that may be the reason why you can still see them despite having used powder.

Once you can confirm that she has mites and not lice (or the other way round) we can try to talk about what can be done to treat her.
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Re: More mites on polish chook.can I bath her??

Postby kiwilass » Sun Jul 10, 2016 10:32 am

Hi Marina..

They sound like mites.
Red and tiny.
I found some more on the dryer under the towel she likes to sleep on..
When I kill them there is blood.
I can't seem to see any on her,just on the places where she has been.
:?
What do you recommend?

Pity they don't have Pestene any more...
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Re: More mites on polish chook.can I bath her??

Postby Marina » Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:27 pm

If you find mites where your chook has been sitting she has been subjected to a VERY serious infestation. Mites live in the nooks and crannies of a chook house, sometimes even in the dirt, and only crawl onto the chook at night.

Mites are very well known for being resistant to powders and sprays.

The good news is that if you keep your chook away from the hen house she shouldn't be exposed to more mites. But your other chooks will be subjected to the mites.

You can often see where the mites hide out. Have a very good look in your hen house whether you can see white-ish deposits which look like cigarette ashes. If you can pinpoint a population you could try to kill it by pouring boiling water over it or spraying it with EcoSmart Insect Spray. This kills the mites by suffocating them. I bought it from New World supermarket.

If you can't pinpoint where they live you'll have to clean the whole house out - dirt and all, and also the nesting boxes and the nesting material. Once it's bare you have several options: Ripcord is a chemical that is sprayed onto all walls and the ceiling but it's something that can only be done when the chooks are not at home and the chooks can only go back in once the ripcord has dried.

You could try DE (Diatomaceous Earth) - mites can't develop immunity against razor sharp dust that cuts into ther exoskeleton and they'll die from dehydration. You'd need to dust the whole house, perches, nesting boxes.

Some people recommend systemic treatments like Eprinex but they only work when each and every mite bites your chooks, including all those mites that will hatch from eggs already laid. I think you need to have something that acts more quickly.

Anaemia may be the reason why your chook is not herself so you need to act asap as the mites will suck on your other chooks while she's separated.

Mites are the biggest problem for poultry keepers - they are carried by wild birds for instance so nobody is safe from them.
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Re: More mites on polish chook.can I bath her??

Postby seatil » Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:51 am

Marina wrote:If you can't pinpoint where they live you'll have to clean the whole house out - dirt and all, and also the nesting boxes and the nesting material. Once it's bare you have several options: Ripcord is a chemical that is sprayed onto all walls and the ceiling but it's something that can only be done when the chooks are not at home and the chooks can only go back in once the ripcord has dried.


Just a quick note that it's "Ripcord" - just like Marina wrote it - available from places like Farmlands and whatever RD1 are calling themselves these days. It comes in a cylindrical silver metal tin. It is *NOT* "Ripcord Plus", which is all I could find at the likes of Mitre 10 when I first looked for the stuff.

Make sure you spray into any cracks and crevices as well as over the walls and ceiling. If it's a red mite infestation, they'll come streaming out of the cracks as that's where they hide when not crawling all over your birds at night.

You'll need to respray a week or so later to get any that were eggs during the first spray (the spray does nothing vs eggs). Try not to get downwind of the stuff when spraying.

We've found Ripcord to be highly effective against red mites, but do check the best before date on the can before you buy. We've had reduced effectiveness from an older can, which rectified itself with a new can.
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