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Re: red mite

Post by dye29 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:29 am

another quick question does garden lime powder kill mites as ive been using this to sprinkle on poo board to stop diseases
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Re: red mite

Post by rick » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:36 am

Oh, OK. Very funny! :)
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Re: red mite

Post by Margaid » Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:52 pm

Not only do you need to prevent the hens breathing Diatom, you don't want to breathe it in either so wear a mask.
I've never used lime - but are you still talking red-mite or other mites that affect chickens?
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Re: red mite

Post by rick » Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:41 pm

No one uses garden lime (hydrated lime) near animals Margaid. It's a powerful alkaline that would cause sever burns if they walked in it.
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Re: red mite

Post by Marigold » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:31 pm

rick wrote:No one uses garden lime (hydrated lime) near animals Margaid. It's a powerful alkaline that would cause sever burns if they walked in it.
It sounds as if Dye does, Rick. Maybe not a good idea, Dye, as they have to walk through it to get to the perches?
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Re: red mite

Post by dye29 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:23 pm

oh right well i did buy it from a poultry shop so they must be wrong my mistake i mean poultry farm where i got hens from not shop
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Re: red mite

Post by rick » Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:29 pm

I may have jumped to the wrong conclusion earlier (my apologies if I have) as, being a bit 'old school' garden lime means to me builders hydrated lime.
This is a bag of hydrated lime (commonly used by builders but also as a PH adjuster on soil that is too acidic
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This is strongly alkaline and reactive and has to be handled with caution - not something to use around hens.

Whereas the next two pictures are crushed limestone - still alkaline but a lot less reactive. It is absorbent and would be similar to using un-fragranced cat litter
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The first (the builders lime) would probably kill red mite but also the chickens!
The second would have no effect on red mile as it is just limestone that has been crushed. It would be somewhat abrasive like sand in the dustbath and that may discourage mite a little but would not be as effective as diatom.
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Re: red mite

Post by dye29 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:09 am

ill stick with smite powder then i can be safer
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Re: red mite

Post by dye29 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:18 pm

right this is what ive done today replaced both perches for fresh ones , theres hardly any mites on ends , then peeled off thin boarding inside shed o reveal red mites only few a inch from perch nothing higher up so hopefully caught early . ive then sprayed full shed in smite spray then let dry ish and went nuts with earth powder covered every where mainly ends of perches and dusted full perch and nest boxes and poop board and ill carry on with this every 2 days lightly though with smite powder . have i done the right thing
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Re: red mite

Post by dye29 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:30 pm

crazy idea guys sorry for all questions but i used to do this with my ferret hutches , what about painting the wood with emulsion white then the red mites wont be able to get into wood will they as paint will fill gaps ect yeee or neyyy
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