3. Delayed treatment
Frequent monitoring of mite infestation is important. The more vigilant you are, the more likely you’ll keep a mite population localised, meaning you only have to treat a small area to prevent an infestation.
Mite populations can develop very rapidly when they have optimal conditions, so regular checks of your flock and buildings can prevent an outbreak. You’ll need a torch to look carefully for red mites. The mites will be white-grey and look a lot like ash when they aren’t feeding, then turn blood red during or after a meal. At night, they spend about 1-2 hours feeding on the bird, primarily on the legs and breast. It’s probably easier to look (carefully and thoroughly) with a torch during the day to find them, especially around nest boxes and where perches join walls.
Other mites to look out for and treat are the northern fowl mite and depluming itch mite, typically found in the vent area and on the feather shafts. The scaly leg mite is predominantly on the legs and feet but can migrate up to the neck and comb.
bad hygiene practices allow mite populations to thrive