Owners of chickens want the best for their hens and therefore provide the utmost care and precision when it comes to the general health of their brood. Unfortunately, there are certain complications with keeping hens that simply can’t be avoided; one of these being Red Mite (Dermanyssus gallinae). We at Cotswold Chickens will discuss some effective solutions for controlling this mite within chicken coops to ensure the welfare of your chickens is always at a peak.
A Dust Bath:
Chickens love to keep themselves clean so it is imperative that you provide them with a place where they can ‘wash’. This doesn’t cost the earth and a simple a trug or cat litter tray filled with soil and wood ash can provide a chicken’s equivalent to a human bubble bath!
A concoction of Paraffin and Vaseline:
This is used by many chicken owners and is a safe method of keeping Red Mite at bay. By smearing the mixture in and around the crevices of the coop where Red Mite tends to breed, it smothers and kills them leaving your chicken coop free of Red Mite and your chickens healthy.
Test regularly for Red Mite:
As any good chicken owner should know, regular hen inspections are a must. These highlight any potential threats to a chicken’s health that would otherwise go unnoticed.
The best method to controlling Red Mite is to regularly check for signs of the bugs by having a thorough search in and around the coop. Simply wipe a tissue around the underside of the perch located in the shadows of a the coop and see whether any blood stains are present; if so you need to ensure you use an effective method to rid the coop of the mite ASAP.
There are also many Red Mite control chemicals that can eradicate any noticeable signs. These can be found online or by speaking to specialist retailers and come with full instructions which must be followed.
So, if you have any questions or need more advice on how to care for your chickens and keep Red Mite under control in chicken coops, don’t hesitate to contact the team here at Cotswold Chickens either via our online contact form, or by calling the number on our website.