This natural prevention and treatment of MITES for chickens is a great way to keep your homesteading flock itch free from crawling external parasites. There have been various preventive methods and techniques but I will be offering you the best of the best natural prevention methods and treatment recommended for your chickens in this article.
Do you know that a mite can lay more than 100,000 eggs its 5-7 days life span/cycle?
Mites are tiny crawling external parasites that affects chickens if they are given the opportunity move in to your coop and without proper preventive measures taken. They tend to cause more harm in warm weather and during the summer, although some types do live in cold climates as well, so treatment must be repeated constantly to completely eradicate them.
Confirmed research in the United Kingdom has it that “spraying garlic juice” on chickens have resulted in a 100% kill rate of mites within 24 hours of spray. These solution can be prepared just from few materials and easily affordable for a start with these development putting the naturally made insecticides or treatment of mites’ infection a great success compared to the commercially sold chemical solutions which at times are just being mere portrait of beautiful labels.
Other natural methods of controlling mites includes
• Releasing the chickens to have a regular dust baths in a dry patch of sand.
• Applying wood ash and food-grade diatomaceous earth, will keep them mite-free.
• Spraying your coop and roosts for several days in a row with a mixture of 2 cups water, 1 cup cooking oil and 1 tablespoon dish washing liquid.
• Sprinkling food-grade Diatomaceous Earth onto the floor of the coop and nesting boxes and rubbing it into the roosts
• Wormwood known as artemisia applied by spraying in the poultry can also help repel mites.
Symptoms of chicken infected with mites includes
Preening or biting at their feathers, tiny red or black spots near the vent and also red streaks of blood or black specks on the roost of the chicken are all signs of likely infestation of mites on a chicken.
With close monitoring and regular vigilance, one should always check up on the chicken’s regularly for cases of mite infections. Also, the chicken feed has to be enhanced with an increase in iron to help prevent anemia.
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