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Look for Red Mite in Shavings
Battling red mite again. Yesterday we stripped the Big House, pressure washed the two nest boxes and perches and sprayed with Poultry Shield. Even after a really good pressure clean, when the nest boxes dried, there were still mites crawling on the wood. So more Poultry Shield. Clean Aubiose in the run.
Decided to leave out the shavings which they usually have in the nest boxes . If you use shavings, do check them for mites. I used to check the roosting bars, nooks crannies but didn't think about the shavings. If you look closely you might see little specks on the shaving flakes... or around the edges of the box. Use the back of a nail and squish.. it will pop and there may be blood too...
So after the mega clean (all day job 11 hours) I put in puppy pads into the nest boxes. The hens also had a good dusting of Battles Louse Powder. This morning there were a few red mites on/under the pads plus quite a few dead lice (that powder obviously worked!). Rolled the pads up and threw them away.. If I had put shavings back in the boxes, I would have been back to square one again. So it's puppy pads for the next few weeks while I fight the red mite, not very comfy for laying an egg, but should help to keep the mites more under control during the hot weather.
I have been trying to control this mite for months now. Using DE, Red mite powder, Poultry Shield, Red mite spray, etc etc and am getting fed up with it. Really wish someone would come up with a product that really worked and had a residual effect so that new hatchings would be eradicated as well.