mite question - help

flowersnhens(Maine 4)August 1, 2009

Okay, earlier I had posted about losing some chickens. So, I figured it was something they were either eating outside,, or some sort of illness they were passing around. I also have noticed this past week that there are mites in the coop, or atleast that is what I thought.

SO: I used a fogger in the chicken coop today after I cleaned all of the bedding out and disposed of it. I also checked my hens and the ones I checked have NO MITES on them. I read that there are mites that will only feed at night and that during the day the mights will not be seen on the chicken. SO, if this is what is happening, do you suppose the fogger I used will take care of the mites that are in there waiting to attack the hens when they are roosting??? The fogger I used said after 4 hours to air the building out and 30 minutes later you can enter the building again. So, do you think this is okay?? I didn't know what else to do,,,I just want the disgusting bugs gone. Also, waterers and feeders were disinfected with bleach as well.

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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

What type of fogger did you use and what chemicals?

I HATE finding evidence of mites/worms on my birds, it creeps me out. :( In my opinion it is IMPERATIVE to not only spray/dust the birds, but to also dose them with an Invermectin-based paste wormer, both orally AND using a dab rubbed in each wingpit. I got this treatment procedure of treating orally and via the birds exterior straight from my vet, and it's always worked quickly, without fail, for years. That way they are fully covered and the mites will be GONE, quickly! Here's what I do for both, scroll down to 'Dusting/Worming' and also the 'Mites' section:

Also, here is how I 'Clean/Sanitize' on this page:

I love the little steamer, it just leaves no doubt that the little buggers are DEAD. :) I'm also in the process of trying out using Oxine AH to both fog the birds and coop.

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   August 1, 2009 at 10:52PM
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johanna_h(Z5 SW MI)

How long do you withhold the eggs when you use Ivermectin before you can eat them?


Here is a link that might be useful: My place: Busy Solitude Farm

    Bookmark   August 2, 2009 at 9:38AM
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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

johanna, two weeks on the eggs.

Velvet ~:>

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 4:50AM
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