Chicken mite. How to get rid?

If you are engaged in chicken farming, you may have encountered diseases carried by your birds. But what are they caused by? With a sharp decline in the productivity of layers, slowing growth, high mortality among young animals, the problem can be covered in a chicken mite.

This blood-sucking parasite can be a carrier of many diseases and dangerous infections such as cholera , bird plague , borreliosis . What do chicken ticks look like? The length of the specimen reaches 0.8 mm, has a red body with noticeable white (purple, if the parasite has had time to drink blood) stains on the back, segmented into two parts.

How to find a chicken mite?

If the chicken coop is properly inspected it is not so difficult to detect a bloodsucker, there are many symptoms that indicate the presence of infected birds.

When inspecting chickens:

  • noticeable numerous small wounds near the nostrils and eyes;
  • significantly pale combs and earrings also indicate the presence of a parasite

In addition, the behavior of birds varies, they:

  • become nervous;
  • do not want to return to the chicken coop infected with the bloodsuckers;
  • Sometimes become so weak that they are unable to jump on their roost.

The most favorable places for parasites:

  • cracks walls, ceilings, floors (poorly ventilated wet parts of the room);
  • litter hens;
  • accumulated garbage, litter

Methods for getting rid of chicken mite

To begin with, diagnose the presence of chicken mites using the methods described above..

Now you need to remove the mites from the chicken. To do this, grease the bites with oil. After a while, after the death of the mite, it is necessary to disinfect the wounds and lubricate them with a healing ointment. Then, isolate the birds from the infected chicken coop.

You can also use additional measures to get rid of ticks, for example, the old grandfather's method. Put in the center of the chicken coop a "healing bath" with a mixture of sand and ash in equal proportions. You need to change your pelvis every two weeks. Unloved plants, which emit sharp smells, should be scattered around the perimeter of the coop. For this you can use:

  • mint;
  • parsley;
  • raddish;
  • onion and garlic;
  • sagebrush;
  • hourseraddish;
  • celery

Delete all old roosts and get rid of the wooden structures (some parasites sometimes survive in the crevices, which can lead to repeated infection). Floor and walls should be piped with boiling water, and a quartz lamp is also used for disinfection.

diatomite - an organically formed material consisting of petrified shells of unicellular organisms. Sprinkle it around the perimeter of the coop, in places of large concentrations of birds. Diatomite dehydrates pests and causes their body to dry out, leading to the death of insects. If used correctly, it will not harm the hens and the person, but, on the contrary, will be very useful. It is he who is considered one of the most effective powders for fighting mites.

Preventing infection with chicken

In order to prevent the invasion of small bloodsuckers on the chicken coop, it is necessary:

  • conduct seasonal checks of the premises for the presence of parasites;
  • constantly remove trash and change fillers;
  • contain places of breeding chickens in a dry, orderly manner;
  • treat the chicken coop with diesel fuel, cover the walls and floor with lime:
  • use diatomite to prevent return of mites.

To achieve the best effect, after infection, it is necessary to treat birds twice a week with permitted insecticides, sprinkling feathers with special powders, for example diatomaceous earth.


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