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Do my Chickens have mites and how do I get rid of them?

Written by Outpost Buildings on February 14th, 2018.      1 comments

Red mites are some of the most common mites that affect chickens.

Red mites are generally spread by wild birds coming into contact with your chicken coop. They hide in the dark spots of the chicken coop during the day and then come out at night to feed on your feathered friends. They’ll go hide again when the sun comes up.
To identify whether your hens have red mites or not, you’ll have to have a close look at your chickens feathers and skin. If you can see black and red small spots, then these are most likely red mites. The tiny mites vary in appearance, depending on when they last fed – a mite is only red when it has consumed blood recently and changes colour again through black to grey if it has been a while since their last feed. The best time to examine a hen house is at night, when the mites can often be seen with the aid of a torch, both on and off the bird.

How red mites affect your chickens:

If left untreated, the mites can cause your chickens to become anaemic and reduce their egg production. In extreme cases if left untreated, they may even cause death, so quick treatment is necessary!

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Great Idea: DIY Old Tyre Chicken Dust Bath

Written by Outpost Buildings on August 11th, 2016.      0 comments

DIY Old Tyre Chicken Dust Bath

Do your chickens have a dust bath? This great idea gives your girls a place to have a dust bath and keep themselves healthy. It's easy to make these diy old tyre chicken dust baths.

This is a super cheap project you can pick up old tyres for free, if you do not have any. You may need to purchase one or two of the other materials but they are not expensive at all. Grab wood ash from your wood stove or fire and remove any large charcoal chunks.

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • old tyres
  • wood ash
  • sand
  • soil
  • food grade diatomaceous earth
  • shovel
  • paint (optional)
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