Tatty feathers, chicken looking depressed, bald spots or chicken plucking out their feathers is a good sign that they are infected by mites. Chicken mites live on chicken only but can be carried by humans in their shoes or clothes. Mites are brought about by wild birds, rodents, carried by humans or bringing infested birds into the coop.
They hide in cracks in the coop, under the birds’ scales and feathers and in the feeders and waterers in the coop. Examples of chicken mites are the red mite, scaly leg mite, and the northern fowl mite. You need to get rid of these pests if you want a healthy flock and this article teaches us how to do this the natural way.
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Neem seed oil is a great way to get rid of chicken mites. You can use a clean bottle spray to apply the neem seed oil mix onto the birds and also in the cracks in the coop.
Spray the birds and coop for two continuous weeks in order to suffocate the mites. A good substitute for Neem is coconut oil and it should be applied in the same way.
DE contains sharp particles that cut the mites when chicken have a dust bath in it. This act leaves the mites open and prone to dehydration and eventually death. You can create a dust bath and put DE or you can decide to spread it in the coop and run.
You can also put the DE in a sock or towel and gently rub it on your chicken. Use food-grade diatomaceous earth for the best results.
Wood ash has been used as a remedy to get rid of chicken mites for a long time. This could be because it is inexpensive and effective. You can create a wood ash dust bath for your chickens to treat and prevent mites.
This mixture when applied to chicken guarantees protection from mites. Garlic is a very good exterminator of chicken mites. Combine essential oils and a mixture of herbs such as rosemary, lavender, thyme, and cinnamon. Spray this mixture on your chicken and in the coop at least 2 days a week and see mites disappear.
A mixture of cooking oil and liquid dish wash is also highly effective in the elimination of mites in chicken. You can create your own mixture at home. Using a spray bottle, apply this mixture on your chicken for 10 consecutive days. This will help suffocate the mites and prevent them from catching others. You can also rub Vaseline on your chicken legs to get rid of the leg mites.