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Northern Mite I think!

Postby Big D » 20 Jun 2009, 21:19

Well we have all moved into the new house and everyone is very happy, including the chickens :grin:

Today was the once a month big coop clear out (I clean it once a week but once a month disinfectant etc) and a general look see at the girls followed by a good dusting of Diatom. Only to find they are all infested with little black mites and white eggs stuck to the base of their feathers around their vents :evil:
I take it this is Northern Mite? I gave them a good dose of Diatom.

Any other ideas on how to eradicate these little blighter's? I was thinking of going into town tomorrow and get some Frontline. Will this work on Northern Mite?
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby Gilly C » 20 Jun 2009, 21:30

frontline is supposed to work on any biters I have never come across northern mite in more than 30 years chicken keeping, around here it as a bad year for ticks and I had forgot to frontline our 2 dogs but the day after I did I found a couple of dead ticks and they were empty so it does work that was 2 weeks ago we were getting 3-4 each night before then it seems to have gone up it cost me £17+ for 3 phials to do the Borders and you are supposed to do them every month ! worth every penny though ;) no prescription for drops but for spray you need vets prescription
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby Big D » 20 Jun 2009, 21:56

Yes it's a bad year for ticks around here as well. We got a couple on Archie (Springer) from the ferns around the pond. We got Practic from the vets that has worked very well.

Just checked all the girls under the halogen light in the workshop, strangely only the Rhodey has them; and lots of them+ a good stock of eggs aswell.
The other three where just filthy from bathing in the ash bucket #-o [shot]
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby CP » 20 Jun 2009, 22:07

My book recommends avermectin for control of NFM but it's not licensed for poultry. :?
Or sprinkle with a pyrethrum based powder. ;)
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby Big D » 21 Jun 2009, 10:21

Thanks CP :grin:
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby MaisytheDobe » 21 Jun 2009, 22:19

You could always try a bathing in an appropriate shampoo, and then either blow dry of pop the hen under a heat lamp.

Have a chat to your vet and get the frontline spray, thats what I did and he let me have some spray.
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby Big D » 21 Jun 2009, 23:10

Got some "Johnson's anti-mite extra" from the Range today £3.
It states that it will kill Red-Mite Northern-Mite and Lice.
I'll keep an eye on her and post the results in a few days. I gave her a few squirts around her vent and a couple under each wing. [-o< [-o<
I'm using it in conjunction with Diatom.
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby Big D » 24 Jun 2009, 17:56

We have a Mite/Lice free Rhodey!
Gave her another couple of squirts today and I will do it again this weekend to kill off any hatching eggs.

Johnson's anti-mite extra gets the Big D thumbs up :smt023
(my thumbs up makes or breaks some companies you know :lol: )
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby Tia Maria » 10 Jul 2009, 15:13

Just for your information - if you want to use frontline then an agricultural supplyer like Mole Valley Farmers is cheapest. We also get panacure from there to worm all the dogs, cat, ferrets and hawk and that costs £13 for enough for all of them
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And 4 dogs, 4 ferrets and 1 Harris Hawk
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby Chris Kurzfeld » 11 Jul 2009, 09:00

If you have dogs then you shouldn't have too much problem getting spray from your vet - just say it's for the dog/s, it's what I do :grin: .

Tia maria I see you have a Harris hawk - many years ago i went to learn all about Barn Owls and reintroducing them back into the wild. On our day off we took the hawks out rabbit hunting and I was allowed to fly the Harris hawk - a truly awsome experience =D> .
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby Tia Maria » 11 Jul 2009, 20:11

Cool :grin: :grin:
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And 4 dogs, 4 ferrets and 1 Harris Hawk
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby miller mills » 21 Aug 2010, 21:48

Try dusting them with dog/cat flea powder. This contains synthetic pyrethroids which should kill the mites. Turn the hens upside down on your lap and dust their bums well, under their wings and above their tails. Repeat after 8 days (I think). Pull out any feathers which are very dusty looking at the base. I've got some hens which get this very badly and some who hardly suffer at all. Its a bugger to get rid of, so be diligent with your dusting, and do all your hens.

Disinfect your house (for any other kind of mite!) too!
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby laffinfowl » 21 Aug 2010, 23:29

This thread is over a year old miller hills,but your info is still relevant. :-k
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby Big D » 22 Aug 2010, 15:30

Yeah Z's messaging me about it and I'd no idea what the heck he was on about :lol: :lol:

For the record the Johnson's mite spray worked very quickly.
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Re: Northern Mite I think!

Postby laffinfowl » 22 Aug 2010, 20:20

Glad to hear that Big D. :)
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