Chicken mites: how to eliminate them in the coop
Perhaps your chickens were concerned about mites? We need support, and so do you. Once the weather is warmer, a bird’s mite can become a real problem for your flock.
What are chicken mites, what do they look like?
Their scientific name is ‘Dermanyssus Gallinae,’ but more generally known as ‘Red Chicken Mites’ or ‘Red Poultry Mite.’ It’s a parasite that lives on the outside of the chicken and feeds its food. Really, they’re a light gray in color before they eat. When daylight arrives, they abandon the “host” and hide in cracks and crevices, only to come out to eat again when darkness falls.
Although they feed on chickens’ blood, they can live for as long as 34 weeks without it-which is why it’s important, if you have them, to make sure that all the bedding is burned, not reused. Myths are small.
How would you detect that you have mites in your coop?
The most obvious way is to test for signs in your chickens. These may include any or more of the following:
- Loss of the feather
- Scabs on hands and neck
- Pale pegs and wattles
- Falling out of egg development
- Reluctance to go to the coop at night
- Blood breaking on eggs
If you inspect your flock individually, you will see clumps of mites, particularly around the base of the feathers and the vent. To make sure they’re really what you’re dealing with, go to your coop at night with a torch and a sheet of white paper. Check it out around the perches. If you have a large number of people, you might be able to see them.
Rub the paper around the bottom of the ends. Does it have red dandruff? If it does, it’s confirmed-you’ve got a red chicken mite to deal with.
Would the mites all go away on their own?
No! No! If not treated, a few mites that turn into an infestation. And that could lead to death, because the chickens become so anaemic that they become prone to infection. Even if you catch them before they have a chance to reproduce a lot, they ‘re going to hurt your chickens. Imagine being stuck in a small room with mosquitoes biting you, and not being able to do anything to escape.
And if you have any intuition that you have a red mite, make sure you don’t neglect it. It’s not fun to have to deal with it, but it’s better than to make your chickens feel pain and probably die.
How to get rid of the mites: chemical therapy.
I like to try natural pest control methods wherever possible-whether it’s with a rat infestation or these annoying insects. Yet because they’re so good at survival, mites are especially hard to get rid of. Often, therefore, chemicals are the only solution.
When the infestation is very bad, you can have no choice but to use a chemical solution to contain the insects. You would then be able to follow up with the gentler, more natural preventive approaches mentioned above.
- Don’t make a mistake-these chemicals are poisons. Also, take the following precautions:
- Using your protective gloves and a decent mask. Breathe in the dust on no account.
- Keep away from your children and pets.
- Don’t use it outside on a windy day! Keep as much influence as possible of the distribution of these powders.
- Use away from places where “healthy” garden insects, such as bees, migrate. Most are lethal to bees-this is one of the reasons why the population of bees is declining.
- Take notice of the warnings for each drug. Some of them are toxic to birds, others to waterfowl.
- To apply, keep the wings of the chicken away from its body and sprinkle thoroughly under the wings and in the vent area, whatever dust you use.
- Do not rub over the chicken liberally. In particular, avoid the region of the eyes.
- And if only one chicken appears to have mites, you ‘re going to have to handle the entire flock. The others are likely to have latent eggs, which will hatch in a few days unless they are handled.
- Treatment will be done three times, with one week between treatments. This is to make sure that all the larvae and active mites are destroyed.
Where to buy Chickens in Akwa Ibom State
Since chicken is the only meat that has no negative health conditions, you can always use it to prepare any local and continental dishes of your choice. In Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria, you can buy chickens from sofreshchikens.
Uyo, The Akwa Ibom State capital:
Number 215 Udo Umana Street opposite Akpan Andem Market, Uyo
Oron, Akwa Ibom State:
Number 27 Market Square by Aba Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State
Eket, Akwa Ibom State:
3 park road, opposite Chinese market, Eket.