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    Hi Lizzy - The creosote substitute we use is called (I think, without running out to the shed) CreoCoat. Probably available from any hardware/DIY places. I think we got ours from B & Q.
    As Sue says, the proper stuff is no longer sold, but the replacement looks, smells and acts the same!
    If using it inside a house/coop, just be sure it is thoroughly dry before re-introducing birds (may take a few days), and if doing perches, we tend to just paint the underneath and not the part the birds sit on. This is enough to deter/kill the mites.
    We are confident enough in the product to say that we have not had a major infestation since starting using the stuff. I check every time I clean out the houses, and at the first sign (usually a small clump of mites at the end of a perch or just underneath) we treat again. Seems to only be once a year though.
    Good luck!

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    That's handy to know abot the creasote sub, after reading this thread yesterday I went and seriously attacked the foaling box with ***** and a liberal dousing of red mite powder poor girls spent the night there smelling like a disinfectant factory
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    Think I'll be taking a trip to B&Q on Wednesday (discount day!!) and get some of that! I haven't actually seen any mites, but that doesn't mean they're not there does it, I'd rather paint all the coops with the stuff than be sorry later
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaureenHall View Post
    Think I'll be taking a trip to B&Q on Wednesday (discount day!!) and get some of that! I haven't actually seen any mites, but that doesn't mean they're not there does it, I'd rather paint all the coops with the stuff than be sorry later
    The one in B&Q is called Creocote.
    I was amazed when I started looking for the blighters - there were some behind the perch support which was screwed to the wall by the manufacturer! I also tried a plastic carrying box as a nest box and they got into the holes where the pegs go to keep top and bottom together!

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    Yep it is Creocote ( I spelt it wrong earlier) and yep, the little b ********s will hide everywhere.

    We've been to a smallholders show today and several people had displays of their chicken housing there. The way most of them are constructed are just shouting for red mite to inhabit them - overlapping weatherboard, roofing felt, all sorts of nooks and crannies. It seems chicken housing is created to look pretty to humans, when the chickens couldn't care less what it looks like. And some of them were really heavy to move too.

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    Someone mentioned spraying with poultry shield only every few weeks.

    Spray every DAY for at least 10 days! Yes, that is a lot of spraying and yes it will cost. The alternative, that I now have to live with, is a dead hen! Killed because I thought that weekly cleaning and the occasional jet wash would keep the problem under control. It won't.

    I have resorted to buying a new hen house so that I can disassemble the old one and really clean, paint and kill the mites.

    The advice on daily spraying comes from Forsham arks who are in direct contact with the inventor of poultry shield.
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    how do I know if I have mites. I picked up some of the super mite powder....because the guy told me it was a natural remedy. I plan to puff this into the house every week...

    I havent seen any mites, how will I know if I have any and will a couple of puffs of this stuff be enugh

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    When you clean the hen house out, take out the perches (if they are not lift out-able, then make them so, then the weekly chore is not so bad) and look in all the cracks and crevices inside the house and underneath perches too. If you run your finger around all the cracks and they come up with a blood smear then this is probably red mite. When the mites are squashed they feel sticky to the touch (and DO squash everyone you see).

    In a bad infestation the hens will a) probably refuse to go in the house to roost b) start laying less/not at all c) look unwell with pale combs (they are literally having the blood sucked out of them at night). If you inspect the hens at night on the roost you may see mites on them - check the legs and "drumsticks".

    Most powders are produced to apply direct to the bird. I would go for the belt and braces approach - powder the birds (as you would for lice) and spray/paint the inside of your house with a product designed to penetrate the joints/cracks in the wood. I personally have never found powder puffers particularly effective in treating the houses.

    Anyway, you may not even have any red mite, but treating the house as a precaution is always sensible.

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