Chameleon wrote:I had red mites in the main hen house last year (they come back once in a while). My solution is to paint a thin strip of varnish around the ends of each perch. I use the water soluble type, but as long as there is plenty of ventilation any would be fine - its only a small amount. I did this several nights in a row and it stopped them dead. Of course you must ensure all birds are roosted on the perch each night. As the mites crawled onto the perches to get at my ladies they got stuck in the varnish and after several nights of this you can break the egg cycle of the mites.
I've tried all sorts to combat this problem including diatom earth and nothing seems to work as well as varnish.
ChickyMum wrote:I have also been told that garlic in their water for several days once a month helps as mites ( and lice) don't like the taste of the tainted blood - not sure if it works but worth a try
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