CHARLOTTE SHARES A TIP Ways to eradicate the dreaded mites
EGGS WILL have dwindled now for everyone except those with new hybrids who will lay well through the winter. Pure breeds will enjoy a well-earned break from egg laying. After they moult they will regain a nice new set of feathers to take them into the new year. Watch out for scaly leg mite on hens’ legs and red mite in the hen house, though. These are the two most common problems I have to deal with. I use surgical spirit brushed onto the legs of any hen suffering with scaly leg mite once a week for five weeks. I also rub Vaseline into the scales which helps to eliminate the mite. Check the crevices or ends of perches for red mite. I find diatomaceous earth sprinkled around the corners of the house the most effective way to get rid of them. Diatoms are the fossilised remains of micro skeletons, which are a type of algae. The powder with its microscopically sharp edges will desiccate the mite.
Scaly leg mite is one of the most common problems chicken keepers face