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What Causes Red Mite


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hi i have read about chicken getting red mite but what causes pigeons to get it in the stock loft when they have no contact with the outside world and what is the best treatment there are a lot on the market at the moment atb vinnie

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noting better than moxidectin jmo they crawl around mate can easily go from one loft to the other

what if they only have a stock loft i have heard they can come from plants and stinging nettles is this true many thanks for reply atb vinnie

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It is the loft is infested, rather than the birds. The mites are attracted to warm blooded creatures. They don't normally live on the bird and rest-up in nooks & crannies in the hut during the day, then come out to feed on the birds at night. Harkers used to do a Duramitex product, the original license for that has expired, but they have a replacement, and its for use on the loft. Aviform's Chlorcarb also claims to be a red mite product, not sure if you can spray that though, it doesn't dissolve well in water, I've used it as a dip for lice - but I think mites need something different.

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If anyones got chickens anywhere near your loft that will be the main source but if your finding then in your loft then its needs sorting quick. Spray with Poultry Shield , then remove all bedding and nest pans and spray with Poultry Shield , then deep clean loft with Poultry Shield , then every 4 days , using a blow torch also helps in the knooks and crannys at sides of boxes Diatom is also good as a dry treatment after you've used the Poultry shield . But I also recommend using a one drop product so anything biting yer birds doesn't bite twice .

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Many years ago I had a problem with red mite. Behind my stock loft there was an Elderberry tree and the branches overhang said loft. Small birds were in and out of this tree like a fiddlers elbow and it dawned on me this tree could be the host of the mite. The tree was removed and the problem was solved.

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Red Mite, are difficult to eradicate because they survive for up to six months between feeds they feed mostly on the blood of the birds also feathers and skin, after a feed they hide in cracks under roof felt etc, they will lay eggs and return to the birds during the night so you don’t always see them mites can transmit disease to your birds as well as lowering energy levels racing will be effected. Go into your loft at night mite are red after feeding prior to feeding they will appear grey. Lots of good products on the market to eradicate Always treat any second hand nest boxes perches etc that you are putting in your loft and this does not only apply to wood.

 

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