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About yvonne.jones.3597

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  1. Thanks, do you have any advice on how often to repeat the spot on? Apart from the initial repeated weekly doses to clear the existing problem I haven’t had any advice on using it preventively.
  2. Well fingers crossed I’m making progress, permethrin smoke fogger used in the coop at the weekend. Couldn’t see any obvious signs of life anymore today but have lit another to be sure re the lifecycle. I’ll brave exploring into all the corners in another couple of days when I have more time....hopefully at most it will just be a few stragglers to tackle.
  3. My neighbour spotted me suited up in my blue overall with hood up, just told him I was doing a spot of cleaning! 😂 i do strip on the doorstep despite the fact I have double decker buses go past just the other side of the garden wall sometimes so I’m risking giving an eyeful! Learnt to my peril a 40c wash wont kill them. Washed some trainers and went to hang them on the line and there were still some crawling on them 🤢 now i wear wellies boots covered with permethrin spray and coated with DE! also ivermectin is licensed for use in humans as a cream or tablet for scabies which has reassured me in using it. Makes me wonder why the recommendation to not eat eggs for 7 days after treating chickens but then I guess that’s just to be sure as the testing hasn’t been done. There’s no way there could be a higher concentration in the egg than you would take as a treatment dose though.
  4. I’ve googled pictures of harvest mites but they generally seem to be more browny-red? What are crawling onto my feet are mainly quite pale greyish things, only the odd one is brownish which when squashed has blood in. They definitely look like the pictures of unfed red mites. I’ve got myself a proper big spray bottle now for my TMK with a wand to make it easier to reach into the cracks and crevices without having lean inside the coop so much. How many times did you have to repeat cleaning before you got rid of them? I’ve been super thorough with taking everything apart, who knew there were so many little holes and hidey places in an eglu! Even the nesting bars have some tiny gaps made by the strengthening dividers underneath that you can’t get a cloth into so I’ve just had to spray and hope.... but there are still a few back the next day. 😡
  5. I’m still finding them on the ground at the back of the go up despite keep using all the treatments we’ve mentioned. I think they are dropping out of the base of the rear door. I think I might actually have to try to unscrew the inner panel on the back door to take it apart to get to the ones that are hiding inside. There’s so many holes and slots in it between the inner and outer ( some for ventilation) there’s no way I can block them all due to the locking bolts for the door coming out the sides.
  6. Thanks all. I had a day off work today so I was prepared for war. Protective suit and hand held sprayer at the ready and.... I opened the back door to the coop expecting to be covered in a swarm again but instead there were dead mites everywhere. I think the new DE that I got seems to have been more effective. Only a few live ones ended up crawling on my gloves as I was cleaning and still a couple onto my boots and up my legs but way fewer than before 😀 Beantree- i definitely think they are red mites as I’ve seen some of them at night that are more red than others and when you squash them they have blood in. They also crawl but definitely don’t jump. I am wondering though if I have something else as well as I saw some crawlies on my watering can as I was filling it and that was about 2 meters from the coop but they looked like unfed mites. i think though my main error when I first saw the problem and starting cleaning is that I removed the droppings tray before they were dead so loads of live mites got scattered on the earth beneath the coop. Lesson learned. dogmother- I looked for the buzz busters powder but could not find it, is there anywhere online you know of that sells it? i definitely agree about the outside panels on the go offering a place for them to hide. I have left them off my badly infested coop for now as the girls are sleeping in the other one anyway ( no sign on anything crawling in there when cleaning today 😀🤞). Also there are vents in the back door which lead in between the inner and outer layers of it and I am certain they are hiding in there I have tried puffing powder into the slots! It seems the perfect hiding place which I’m surprised of as one of the selling points of eglu’s for me was that they reduced the chances of mites ive been looking at permethrin based smoke bombs too which apparently you can use inside chicken coops ( hens removed of course) and I thought this might help to penetrate into all the cracks and hidey holes. Has anyone tried these? Thinking of using one in my bedroom to make sure. I woke up yesterday morning with about 8 tiny bites on my stomach and then another 1 this morning so think I’ve got something indoors biting me now. Have been googling pictures of red mite bites on humans- goodness there’s some horror stories out there. I think I should stop looking!!
  7. Thanks I now have some ant killer spray and have invested in a protective overall. I’m starting to get horribly squeamish about them crawling on me. Mind you something has been munching on me overnight as I have little red bites on my stomach so my fears may have been justified. Last thing I need is having them in the house too!
  8. After 4 years of happy chicken keeping I’ve been hit this summer by mites, first scaly leg mite and now red mites I think it might be down to having a pigeon nesting in the tree above my coop. I have 2 eglu go’s, one an up, attached to either side of a low WIR, the up also has its extended run attached onto the WIR. All the chickens sleep together in one coop, usually the up which is the one infested. I am treating with total mite kill and DE, and moved the girls into the other house to sleep however I noticed some mites are already moving in there- they seem to be crawling along the top of the run on the weatherproof cover as well I suspect as being on the girls I have ivermectin drops on order and am waiting for them to arrive My biggest problem though is that it is not just the coop that is affected they are in the soil around. The run and coop are on bare quite sandy soil and I can’t move it because of the space in my garden. I can’t walk up to it without having tiny immature mites crawling over my shoes and up my legs. I have used about 1kg of DE already in and around the coop and run and it doesn’t seem to be helping Any suggestions for anything else I can use on the ground please?? Or are there any success stories to give me some hope? I am going mad checking myself constantly for creepy crawlies even though I’m undressing at the door and showering, I’m still finding the odd one on me in the house
  9. I have a question around letting my chickens choose where to sleep. Due to an expanding flock I have ended up with 2 eglu go’s, one of them is an ‘up’ and 8 hens. As a bit of background- After some new introductions I had a flock of 4 hens and all were sleeping together in the Go up after settling, so I had an empty Go. I then adopted another 4 chickens from a lady who needed to rehome. Initially all went as planned with the established flock roosting in the Go Up and the new girls in the Go. However one by one the new girls have started trying to settle in the Go Up at night. I’ve been taking the new girls out of the Go Up and carrying them round to them Go and shoving in them the back door for a few weeks now as I was down to only one of the new girls wanting to roost in their Go and I didn’t want her to be cold and lonely. However she has finally also decided that the Up is the place to be so tonight I went out and found 8 hens squashed into one Go and the other empty! Omlet guidelines say a max of 4 hens per Go. One of my original girls is a Brahma so she’s a big bird and I thought 4 in one Go was pushing it however up til now there’s been more room as I’ve 2 youngsters but now they are approaching full size. So my question is, should I leave them squashed in like sardines, (some sitting on others heads!) as they are choosing or should I keep moving half of them every night to the empty house? I know if I was deliberately forcing 8 hens to sleep in a Go I’d be guilty of overcrowding but if they choose to themselves when they have other space available do they know what is best for themselves. Just to clarify, there is no obvious reason for them not wanting to go in the newer Go, it is clean and no red spider mite etc. I’d appreciate people’s thoughts.
  10. Possibly a slightly unusual problem as us chicken owners are usually more concerned with chickens not laying but I'm worried mine are laying too many! I have 2 miss Pepperpots I got in May last year and then after we sadly lost our third to a fox just before Christmas I added a bluebelle and colombine in Jan ( around 24 weeks old), so I've now got 4 hydrids in total. Between them we've only had 1 day over the winter when we didn't have an egg and usually it's been 2 or 3. However now spring is here they seem to have gone into overdrive with egg laying.'in the last 2 weeks there's occasions when 1 of them had laid more than once a day and I had started questioning whether the eggs were collected or I was going mad! I've has 13 eggs from them in the last 2 days, 5 yesterday and then 8 today. My worry is, isn't it unhealthy for them to lay this many eggs, I'm worried about them putting so much effort and nutrients into producing eggs. Or is this just a blip which will settle down?
  11. I do feel lucky about getting eggs already, and I usually eat a lot of them, but now they're coming from my girls they seem so special I don't actually want to eat them!
  12. Thank you all for the kind welcome. As and when I figure out how to add pictures etc I will. Cat tails, it's kind of nice to know I wasn't alone with the going up to bed problem. Although it didn't seem funny at the time, and there were a few muttered expletives, we couldn't help but laugh about it in the end. Trying to crawl in through the run door is certainly not the most dignified position
  13. Hi all, I've been reading around the forums getting hints and tips but now my chickens are here I've decided to go for it and say hello. My Go up and 3 miss pepperpots arrived on Saturday. We'd originally chosen 2 gingernuts and 1 miss pepperpot but by the time they were able to deliver the gingernuts were sold out, I don't mind as they are beautiful and have different markings ( can you tell I'm besotted already!). I am sure that I will never be bored again, and I love seeing their different personalities They were put into the run when they were delivered and clucked around there happily all day. We also had the bonus of an egg in transit. The delivery driver showed me how to close the pop hole and assured me they'd get the hang of climbing up and down the ladder. Shame he didn't have a word with the chickens! It was getting darker and darker and I kept thinking I'm sure they'll go up to bed soon, after all it's their natural instinct to roost up high. But no, after a few exploratory jumps halfway up the ladder they all huddled down on the ground at the base of the ladder. So I decided that if I lifted one up to the top of the ladder it might go in and the others would follow. Those of you who have cats and have tried to get them in a basket to go to the vets will understand the phenomenon that they seem to grow 5 extra sets of legs all clinging to the edge of the basket so you can't get them in, I had the equivalent chicken version of that Cue an urgent scour of the internet and the discovery that a torch in the coop can help guide chickens in. (Thank goodness for the internet when you need chicken keeping advice at 10pm on a Saturday night). Well it was obviously too dark, and they were too confused and unsettled for that to work, so as a 2 person team ended up lifting them out of the run and putting them in the up through the back door. Certainly didn't expect my first experience of holding a chicken to be crawling around at 10pm in the evening ( but oh aren't their feathers soft ) After fearing that I'd traumatised the poor things I was amazed that there were 2 eggs waiting in the morning, then half an hour late one them merrily wandered up the ladder and laid an egg. So that was 3 eggs on my first day since then they've all laid every day but I've had one broken one on Monday and softie through the bars today. So I guess that's still them getting into the swing of it. Since then the trick with the torch has worked, and they are getting better at going to bed each night. Now it's just one reluctant girl who sits on the top of the ladder outside the house looking in. When we open the back of the Up slightly and shine a torch in she jumps straight inside and settles down. Part of the run was on grass (decimated already now) and the other on sandy soil so they've loved dust bathing. Yesterday they started digging for Australia, burying the bowl of grit and leaving a 4inch deep trench in front of their water. So today I thought I'd put some dead leaves in that were full of insects and lovely things for them to dig around in. Well surprise surprise I cocked that up! Managed to scare them whilst tipping the leaves in, at which point they knock the freshly filled water trough off the side of the run, neatly filling up the trench they'd dug yesterday with water. Oh well added entertainment I guess, I now have 2 chickens happily digging through the leaves and the other splashing in a muddy paddling pool My poor girls, I'm lucky they are so forgiving of a bumbling new chicken owner.

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