Chickens have their own language — and so do chicken people. Do you ever wonder what a word in Your Chickens means? Here’s Hattie to the rescue with her own hencyclopaedia!
YOU WILL need very sharp eyes to spot these tiny insects, but they can do a lot of damage to your chickens. Red mite are actually grey, but turn red after feeding on the chickens’ blood. They live in the henhouse and come out at night when the chickens are asleep. The mites breed very quickly and the more of them there are, the more the chickens suffer. Sometimes they can even die. Although it is not easy to see red mite, a tell-tale sign is the little piles of dust they leave behind. You may also notice your chickens don’t want to go to bed at night. Red mite don’t like the light and find hiding places during the day, especially around the ends of the perches. If you press your thumb around a perch and find a smear of red — that’s squashed red mite. Or you could try shining a torch into the coop at night and you may be able to see them moving away from the light. If you think that you have red mite in your henhouse, it is important to act quickly. They are not easy to get rid of and you should ask an adult for help.