Durham Hens use Smite and Biolink products to combat red mite:
Smite Organic Powder and Diatom (Diatomaceous Earth) are both 100% natural powders and are used on poultry and animals to eliminate internal worms and external parasites such as lice and fleas and to improve their general health. They can be used on all types of poultry as well as horses, pigs, sheep, goats, dogs and cats. They are made from finely ground fossil particles which are microscopically very sharp. These particles scratch through the waxy exoskeleton of insects causing them to dehydrate and die. Diatomaceous Earth does not affect eggs or meat from the birds; there is no egg or meat withdrawal time. It is approved by DEFRA and, although it is classed as food grade, please note it is not intended for human consumption.
How to use Diatomaceous Earth
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- To kill and prevent chicken fleas you can either hold the hen upside down and apply under the wings and around the vent or mix it into their dust bath and the hens apply it themselves
- To kill or prevent red mites, dust the ends of the perches and nest boxes regularly to stop the mites getting to the hens when they are perched at night and laying eggs (especially important for broodies as they often get attacked by mites). We do this everytime we clean out the hen house. If red mites are already a problem, hen houses should be thoroughly cleaned with Smite Professional (see below) before using Smite Organic Powder.
- As an additive in chicken food: to use this powder as a wormer add 5% to feed rations on a monthly basis. This also increases the digestability of food, so you save on feed costs, and helps to supply adequate minerals to promote better health, less sickness and faster growth
- It also kills other insects such as ants, beetles, woodlice, silver fish, cockroaches etc.
Smite Powder - 350g, 1kg, 5kg and 25kg. To buy Smite Powder CLICK HERE
Diatom - 450g, 2kg, 5kg and 25kg. To buy Diatom CLICK HERE
Smite Professional and Poultry Shield
Smite Professional and Poultry Shield are both powerful, concentrated, liquid cleaners for poultry houses. They both kill red mite as well as bacteria, viruses, fungi, algi etc. Use occasionally for a thorough clean and, in the case of a red mite infestation, use on a regular basis until the numbers are under control. Simply dilute with water and spray on.
Pack sizes available:
Smite Professional - 1L and 5L. To buy Smite Professional CLICK HERE