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bodger



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Flavour of the month ?  Reply with quote

Flavour of the month ?
Just got back from a weeks holiday and things have gotten pretty quiet on here , so here you go, lets try and get the ball rolling again.
I'm sure that like me, every year summer is a constant battle against red mite. At this time of the year, one minute you haven't got a problem and then the next, you've got thousands of them.
Fashions seem to come and go when it comes to red mite control. One moment a product is hailed as the new Messiah and then the next, its short comings become all too apparent.
I've tried all sorts of things over the years and I'm giving some thought as to what to what to buy in this season? Has anyone got any recommendations for blitzing the little devils this year?

I've started on the task of going through the chicken sheds this morning. So far, all the sheds that I proofed against wild birds for the bird flu have been clear but I haven't got to the sheds where the hens are free ranging yet. At the moment, I've got some 'Professional' fly killer in my sprayer from a company calling themselves 'Buz Busters' I was given it a few years ago and I've no idea if its any good but I'll let you know how it goes when its called into action.
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horace



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with it i hope it does the job
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olde9856



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Location: Herefordshire

PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We don't seem to have any this year! Went over everything in spring with creosote before putting new perches etc in the houses and the insides got power hosed in rotation and it seems to have worked!
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Location: Leicestershire, UK

PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've no experience of this at all, but I know that food grade Diatomaceous Earth is often recommended?

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brewer66



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Location: South Yorkshire

PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One for DE. Not had any red mite, lice, fleas, etc since I started using it 5 years ago.
Also put some in the hens food and had no problems with worms.  
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ClaireK



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked up 3 ex-batts on sunday not having had any chickens for a few years so will be interested to hear/see everyones thoughts.

I had forgotten how much there was to think about for just having a few chickens about the place.

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Dave C



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This years I've been using Desi-Dust by OrganX

Has worked well so far.

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