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« on: August 03, 2008, 20:57 »
My girls have em and so I bought some stuff called Duramite but its not worked - that was for the chook house. Got an aerosol for the girls and sprayed them when I did the hen house.
Anyway the little critters are still there so tomorrow going to get some Poultry Shield or any of the other stuff thats suggested on Red Mite.
What I want to know is : Can the little critters live in our homes - I assume that they can , so what do I treat my home with  :?:
Also will washing my clothes get rid of em - I personally must be the cleanest person around as had umteen showers too - I hate crawlies :evil:
Goodness knows what the poor chooks are going through with them crawling about the chook house.
Also would I be able to spray the old apple tree which is in the chooks large pen - for red mite  :?:  :?:
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2008, 21:30 »
Hi Rose, just going to shower too!  As I had to clean out the layer's house today, but luckily the chicks house hasn't got it as that one was creosoted last year!  

I cleaned it all out with Jeyes, then when it had dried a bit I sprayed it all over with poultryshield.  And the little red devils were even in the metal and plastic posh rollaway nest boxes I treated us to last year!  Then Brian gave the outside a tiny bit of creosote to kill the worst area, but inside it only smells of poultryshield and red mite powder which I dusted over the hens and the new shavings.  Will poultryshield again Tuesday, as PS doesn't work straight away, it takes 2 days.

A friend was told to use duramitex, but mix it with 5 litres of water instead of suggested 50 litres and he reckoned it killed his red mites instantly!

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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2008, 21:35 »
Sorry to hijack this thread a little but has anyone with ducks ever had a problem with red mites. They are not really mentioned much in my book and have never seen hide nor hair of them with mine. Don't dust or anything for them. Have I just been lucky (so far, touch wood) or do they not really bother ducks?
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2008, 22:11 »
Perhaps I'll go into duck keeping then Kate!!!

I honestly don't know if its just a chicken thing, but I know wild brids can carry them around and deposit the little blighters on top of chicken houses.  Perhaps they don't like the taste of duck???

Oh forgot to mention YR,Water drowns the mites, so your clothes are fine in the washing machine, and although they can live up to 38 weeks without a host body, once we have showered and washed our clothes, we don't seem to get anymore probs with them in the house.  Strange eh???

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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2008, 22:26 »
Quote from: "Kate and her Ducks"
Sorry to hijack this thread a little but has anyone with ducks ever had a problem with red mites. They are not really mentioned much in my book and have never seen hide nor hair of them with mine. Don't dust or anything for them. Have I just been lucky (so far, touch wood) or do they not really bother ducks?


I don't think they trouble ducks, just chickens and turkeys

(and their keepers  :wink: )
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2008, 22:29 »
Really Aunty? Right, move over Kate and Vember, I'm gonna start buying ducks!!!!

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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2008, 22:30 »
Don't quote me as gospel Grannie.  I'lltry looking it up

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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2008, 22:31 »
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Really Aunty? Right, move over Kate and Vember, I'm gonna start buying ducks!!!!


Yipee, another convert. We'll get them all in the end Vember!

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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2008, 22:34 »
Here we are:

http://www.callducks.net/ectop.htm

It seems they don't usually get Red Mite but they can get Northetn Mite

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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2008, 08:49 »
Are they like red mite but they wear cloth caps and live on whippets ?


Sorry  :oops:

It really is the nightmare scenario for every poultry keeper. I check every day for them but so far, so good. More luck than judgement. :?

Hope you get rid quickly.

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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2008, 09:17 »
Quote from: "Kate and her Ducks"
Quote from: "GrannieAnnie"
Really Aunty? Right, move over Kate and Vember, I'm gonna start buying ducks!!!!


Yipee, another convert. We'll get them all in the end Vember!


I find if I keep adding the odd cute picture it helps  :wink:


ie:   Ducks like these are very easy to look after etc....



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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2008, 14:30 »
Yesterday we found a couple of red mites under one of the battery chook's wings.

So today, before going to the shop to get the red mite stuff we decided to thoroughly check out the house incase there was any lurking in the nooks and crannies.

So we lifted the roof off and 3 out of 8 of the supporting bars were CRAWLING in red mite  :cry:

Those poor chooks! I feel like SUCH  a bad owner  :cry:

We squished those that were visible (very satisfying i must say) and alan's just off to the shop now to get some virkon-s and red mite powder. Not going to do it until tomorrow though, as the virkon needs a while to dry.

I feel absolutely awful! Those poor chooks! Hopefully they'll feel better in a couple of nights' time!!!
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2008, 14:33 »
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Are they like red mite but they wear cloth caps and live on whippets ?.........
 You mean that is something else that sucks blood comes from Yorkshire?  Double opppppps.
Stuart


Dont worry I am just paranoid duckie.

If I get the wrong end of the stick its because I have speed read. Honest.

Blar blar blar blar snorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre.

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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2008, 14:40 »
They are host specific, so you and the house will be OK.

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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2008, 14:43 »
Thank god I dont have whippets.  They are not allowed to cross the border you know.



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