Sadly one of our lovely 4 girls died yesterday, and we can only blame red mite. She'd stopped laying a few weeks ago and looked listless and lethargic, plus her comb was pale. We had seen a few mites on her and on the other girls, and thought we'd got on top of the problem by covering them in powder, washing the coop out and covering that in powder too. Never really saw many mites themselves, so we thought we'd won. Obviously not, as Sage died yesterday
Apparently, the mites feeding on the girls makes them anaemic.
Today I took the coop apart again, pressure-hosed it, poultry-shielded it (and myself) and left for the recommended hour to 'soak in'. I also discovered a large family of earwigs living in the nest boxes. When I went back to the coop, all the mite were on the outside and there were hundreds that I could see, so presumeably thousands that I couldn't. I poultry-shielded again, hosed it again, then used one of those mini fogger things in the nest box for good measure. After that, applied red mite powder to every surface I could get it on plus the bedding. Will attempt to powder the girlies later as well.
I wondered if anyone else used those fogger things, and if they're any good?
I guess the war on red mite will continue....