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New idea for red mite
I am becoming tired of the annual red mite battle, This year I decided to be ahead of the game and treat before they arrived, My lovely lady who cares while I am away has cleaned the girls so well that the diatom there to save them was cleaned up.......we have the little blighter's again <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':angry:' /> My lady means well and I am glad my girls are loved but I am once again fighting the dreaded mite. This brings me to my eggsperiment! I am doing all the usual treatments, last year I had to resort to drastic measures and egg withdrawal to save the birds, the birds are priority. But to my secret weapon......Petroleum Jelly. I will let you know how it goes but here is the theory behind the thinking. If I smother a tick on the dog in P.J it suffocates and drops off. Me thinks can all those tiny little horrors wade through it? Will it also suffocate them? Ticks also have that coating I believe and I am sick of chemicals galore and blow torches. I bought a MAHOOOSIVE <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' /> tub of P.J and have gone mad with the stuff. every crack and crevice has been smeared and the girls legs have not been spared.I figured if you can put it on babies with no fear of ingestion then if it is eaten by the girls then would be ok. If it works I will let you all know.My next plan of warfare is already underway in anticipation of this not working.

yours, 00chicken and a half! <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':ph34r:' />
Sounds good, the scaley leg mite won't like the jelly either <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
It never worries me when I get a little lost, all I do is change where I'm going
I put vaseline on the ends and the underside of the perch, and it definitely stops the red mite getting to them. Somehow very satisfactory to see redmite stuck in vaseline <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' /> . It doesn't seem to stop them completely, they are still multiplying rapidly <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':angry:' /> but at least it seem to not be having ill effects on the chickens.
I will fight it claw and tooth but I am very tempted to go plastic. <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' /> Although I will try some more ideas before I surrender. <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />
Vaseline definately works. Plastic coops you would have thought would be the answer but apparently not, redmite have still been found in them too. The plus side i guess is you can hose them out.
Vaseline works well for me too - big dollops round the very end of each perch. I've been incredibly lucky and only seen red mite on two occasions, and then only a few of the blighters - maybe they don't like the North Yorkshire weather! <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
I am feeling encouraged by the results. <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' /> Not there yet but better by the day. I will be out again later, my son and I it is truly WAR! <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':ph34r:' /> I wonder wot the neighbours think when they see be going to the bottom of the garden with a tub of P.J LOL <img src='' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':w00t:' />
I have found that Creosote was the only thing that got rid of Red Mite but you have to make sure it has dried in well to tImber as it is poisonous to hens too so extreme care has to be exercised!
The only 100% cure ive found in the hen house is a mix of 50% creosote 25% jeyes fluid and 25% deisel, paint it everywhere but the nest boxes, for them use 50/50 creosote/jeyes mix theses mixes kill all lice and mites, and dose the fowls with ivermectin spot on.


[quote name='E Lynch' date='08 February 2012 - 06:59 AM' timestamp='1328684370' post='251580']

I have found that Creosote was the only thing that got rid of Red Mite but you have to make sure it has dried in well to tImber as it is poisonous to hens too so extreme care has to be exercised!


Not stricly true, 15 minites is more than ample time, thats all I give it and ive never lost fowls, ducks, geese, pheasants or partridge, from doing it this way.

I would have to agree with NT. When I have creosoted I have only ever left the houses empty for a day or two maximum (due to lack of spare housing). Provided the house is really well ventilated whilst drying - in other words aim for a sunny and breezy day - the fumes are actually quite minimal. The only bird I have ever lost as a result of creosoting was when one actually drank from from a spillage and she died a couple of weeks later so have assumed it was due to to the creosote.
I never make the same mistake twice. I do it at least five or six times, just to make sure !


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