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Sun 28-Feb-10
10:27 am

Don't think we've had this topic  but how do people deal with Mites?

Our hens have had low level infestation for the best part of a year now. I've tried all the green and friendly products ( spent a fortune in the process! ) they all seem to knock them back but never manage to eradicate them.

I'm now toying with the idea of using Frontline which is said to be very effective with a single dose application but not licenced for poultry.

Does anyone have experience of this? Can you get it from a chemist, on line or must I go to a vet and pretend I have a cat with fleas?

Of course if anyone has another solution which works 100% - I would love to hear about it

Sun 28-Feb-10
4:10 pm

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Oh, Lovage, it's making me itch Smile

Have a look at some of the suggestions on here:


they may be of help.


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Mon 3-May-10
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Hi I am new to the forum and hope I can be of rather delayed help!  I have used Frontline spray for cats and dogs and it is fab.  No need to cover hen all over, just a coupl of sprays near the vent area.  Mites all dead within 24hrs and should stop any reinfection for 2/3months.  As far as I know it is only available from vets but you need no appointment just ask the receptionist and say it is for your Cat or Dog

If you look near the vebt you may find spheres of lice eggs attached around the base of feathers.  As the hen gets more infested they get unwell and lose colour in their combs.  The spray is pricey but works wonders.  The lice are from the wild birds and I sparayed my whole flock (37) and all well.

Hope this helps and is not too late, Andrea.

Thu 13-May-10
2:47 pm
Swannington, Norfolk


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Have just found out that Amazon sell Frontline at a much cheaper price than vets. I hope that helps! 


Sun 9-Oct-11
10:57 pm
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Do you mean mites or lice ?

2 very different organisms.

Frontline will kill lice and fleas.

Mites esp' red mites (look in crevices , under pearches etc) live in housing not on birds. Come out at night to suck blood. - Look for unthrifty hens , pale combs , anemia , reluctance to go in housing at night.

Only cure I have found is to disinfect hen house.

Only one product will kill mites and mite eggs  -this is a disinfectant called interkokask.

It is approved by Deffra and the british egg council. I can tell you it works !!!!

Use at 3% solution and thoroughly wet all house. Repeat at 7 days - fantastic.

Not a cheap product , they want about £45 for 1 litre conc.

Have been in trouble on other forums for recommending it as it is only available via your veterinary surgeon wink but appears to be available online stores  and well known auction sites.

Speak to your vet and ask for a prescription -it works !!

rgds George.

Fri 11-Nov-11
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Diatom powder is really effective against mites, and contains no pesticides so can can use as much and as often as needed.

Mon 14-Nov-11
12:52 am

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I put Diatomacious earth into their food and it keeps them down (I think) completely harmless and not a chemical in sight. Occasionally give the dog it too.

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