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Chickens Health Issues

You Might Have Mites on Your Backyard Chickens

The last few times when I have cleaned out the girls’ coop each week, I have discovered a couple of mites in the litter.  I instantly got the heebee jeebees and thought that they were crawling all over me.  Then I thought of the poor girls.  How did they feel?  In the little research that I had done, I knew that most mites like to feed off the chickens at night when the girls are fast asleep.  A bad infestation can kill chickens due to anemia.  So, I decided to do some research and share with you what I learned.  I have blogged about mites in the past but never this quite extensive.  I hope you find this information useful.  Mind you, I have never seen one on my girls, probably due to my regular use preventatives, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have them from time to time.