3 clues that red mites are harming your hens
RED MITE is one of the worst pests to affect hens at this time of year. The signs include: Red mites live in crevices in wood framing, perches and nest boxes, coming out at night to feed, sucking the blood of your birds, which may be reluctant to go into their coop or actively choose to roost somewhere else.
Birds may appear restless or unsettled when perching, be anaemic (and die), depressed, eat more but lay less eggs, or get sick with other diseases.
This ‘dust’ looks a bit like ash but is actually dried mite faecal matter. Check late at night or first thing in the morning by running your thumb around the roosts – the ash will smear red in colour.