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Rabbits and Red mite!

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Hi - I had a large shed for my hens' accommodation but now I only have 1 lone hen left :( I have put her in a smaller coop for night-time and retired the chicken shed. I would like to keep my rabbit in there as a space for him to hop around, it will be larger than his hutch/run for night-time and he can wander out in the garden as he is used to. My only worry is that the shed has harboured red mite in the past. It has been uninhabited for around a month or 2...and in that time whilst it has been empty I have done 2 smoke bombs (Hatchwell?) - actually 4 smoke bombs, given the square footage - each a week apart. Apart from killing a lot of moths (:(), would you trust that it is red-mite free, and therefore can house the rabbit?

At first I didn't think red mite would infect the rabbit, even if they were still present in the shed, but a few googles and journals later, it appears they will feed off a rabbit if there are no hens present. 

Would you use the shed for the rabbit? I have the option of using Ivermectin for the rabbit if the worst happens, alongside treating the shed. I was always against using Ivomec in the hens as it made the eggs inedible. No such worries for the bunny! But I don't want to knowingly infect him. Do you think the 2 treatments, a week apart will have been sufficient?

Thanks

Sokokomo

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Dogmother is the expert on red mite.  I seem to remember they can remain active for a very long time.  Two years comes to mind.  But I might have made that up! What was in the smoke bombs?  Permethrin is I think the active person ingredient to kill them.  But it’s toxic to fish and cats.  Not sure about rabbits. 

 How about painting the inside of the shed white so you can see the little b..... if they turn up?  I think the old way to treat wood is to coat with creosote. 

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