Telling mite apart
Q How do you tell the difference between red mite and Northern Fowl mite? A Victoria says: There are two ways. One is that the red mite spends daylight hours in the hen hut, then crawls out of its hiding place, along the perch and sucks the blood of the hens at night. NFM live on any chicken (most often on cockerels) 24/7 in clumps under the tail and elsewhere. If there is a severe outbreak of red mite they may stay on the hen but are scattered through the feathers. This will then lead you to the second differentiation and for this you will need the use of a microscope – the NFM has a hairy body and the red mite does not. Both mites are poor welfare for the chickens and need controlling at all times by the use of Biolink Diatom powder.