A NATURAL CURE FOR RED MITE
While the health-giving benefits of garlic (and allicin, the active compound within it) have long been known for humans, initial trials conducted by Allicin International have indicated that it acts as a deterrent against known poultry pest red mite. The company’s allicinbased products are used for livestock (and by humans) across the board, and in the case of chickens, its research revealed that mites at the nymph stage of growth were put off by the allicin taste in the bloodstream of the sample birds and so they didn’t try to feed again off them. Apparently, laboratory tests also revealed that there were no traces of the garlic compound in either the meat or eggs from treated birds.
As well as acting as a red mite repellent, according to the company, allicin can also boost the health and vitality of birds overall. Therefore, it is worth considering even if you don’t have a red mite infestation. Clays Natural Health sells Allicin International products, along with a range of other naturally-minded options. For more information, visit www.claysnaturalhealth.co.uk.
RIGHT: An Omlet coop