dreaded spider mite
Well I,’ve had hens now for nearly 4 yrs, and up till now have been very lucky not to have the problem with the dreaded spider mite.
Last Sunday I gave the hens a thorough clean out, washed the coop with poultry shield and dusted with diacom, used a powder sanitizer for the run.
Well to my horror when I went to clean them out this afternoon, as I lifted up the nesting box these tiny mites scurried out from all corners, initially I screamed as you do, then hurriedly prepared to tackle this, I sprayed the mites with concentrated poultry shield lifting out all removable parts then turned the coop upside down to spray the inside of the roof, whilst doing this the hens were as usual helping with the clear up of these mites.
Once it was dried I put more bedding in and powdered entire coop and nesting with diacom, even dusted all 3 hens, Mavis I thought was going into a moult but actually now I think it could be these horrid creatures sucking the life out of my girl, the other 2 are fine, but Mavis does take over the nesting box at night.
So now I have this to do every other day until the infestation is under control, but so glad I saw them before it was too late for my girls.
I,’ve had a shower as could,nt stop itching as even though I had gloves on these horrid creatures were crawling up my hands so there was a few flattened ones on me in the end.
No one could have prepared me for this infestation, all I can say is if any of you know anyone who keep hens it’s probably best to check more than once a week in all those crevices where they like to hide, this hot and humid weather is just how they like it.
Do hope I have,nt caused any of you who may read this to feel itchy as even though I know there can’t be anything on me now I still feel like they,’re crawling on me, YUK !!!!