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#75358 - 04/22/08 10:53 AM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
Bad Seed Girl Offline
Feather

Registered: 04/18/08
Posts: 25
Loc: Tennessee
we are using pine shavings as floor covering. The chicks have access to the coop, and a fenced run area 24/7. We built the coop under trees so they will have shade for the summer heat.
Our 4-H service is advising us to use a deep shaving method of floor care where you stir and layer the shavings on a weekly basis until you have 12" of floor covering. They have only been outside for about a week, but I have had my nephew stir up the shavings at least once a week.

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#75359 - 04/22/08 11:33 AM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
Seedy Seeds Offline
Coop Cleaner

Registered: 08/29/05
Posts: 240
Loc: Massachusetts
whatever happened to cedar shavings ? They are good for killing moths and fleas . Do they harm poultry ?

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#75360 - 04/22/08 12:17 PM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
C. G. McCary Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 613
Loc: Alabama
I use cedar shavings for my adult birds and well, the chicks being reared by the mother hen outdoors are sleeping in cedar shavings-- they're good but will NOT prevent mites.

I had a mite infestation after a heavy rain spell coupled with a influx of migratory birds. I was using DE and sevin dust in their dust holes, their nest boxes. I did change a few habits like I got rid of all straw as I believe the straw shafts CAN harbor the nasty creatures and I switched to cedar shavings-- finally, after MUCH effort & good advice from my friends on here, I got rid of them. If a place is wet and your birds are outdoors, none of the so-called remedies is going to PREVENT mites if they are "around.". You can only hope that the DE, sevin and what-have-you DISCOURAGES the external parasites by making the environment more inhospitable for them.

The so-called harmful effect some attribute to cedar shavings is NOT true-- just an old wives tale. I use pine shavings with the chicks just because they tend to initially eat some of it.

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#75361 - 04/22/08 02:58 PM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
Bad Seed Girl Offline
Feather

Registered: 04/18/08
Posts: 25
Loc: Tennessee
We have a wood burning fireplace and I have an ash bucket full of black walnut ashes. I think I will try that. Now what do I put the ashes in? Do I just sprinkle them in the grass in the run area, in the coop (we don't have nesting boxes yet), both or in a box for them to roll in, what is my next step?

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#75362 - 04/22/08 03:38 PM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1968
Loc: New Zealand
A shallow box, or a plastic basin. It doesn't matter as long as its heavy enough not to tip over. I have found that the hens like a mixture of sand, ash and dry dirt. I use this mixture in the winter, a). because the wood ash is freely available then, and b) because there are no dry soil patches to be found outside. I have a little A frame shelter which I leave in one spot and place the basin in. Hens are very smart. They soon become curious about a new object in the yard, and go investigate. When there are no other options about, they quickly take to using the basin.

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#75363 - 04/22/08 05:55 PM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
One Doodle3 Offline
New Egg

Registered: 04/15/08
Posts: 5
Loc: West Virginia
Just a quick question. Where do you get pine shavings? I've heard of cedar shavings but not pine shavings.

Thanks.

Kaye

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#75364 - 04/22/08 06:30 PM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
P. Smith1340 Offline
Chicken

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 94
Loc: Oregon
My feed store sells them in a bale, or I'm sure you could find them at a pet store (Petco, Petsmart)

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#75365 - 04/22/08 07:20 PM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
C. G. McCary Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 613
Loc: Alabama
Pine Shavings: Wal-mart will be the least expensive; my Feed Store runs a clsoe second. PetSmart is most expensive.

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#75366 - 04/23/08 05:39 AM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
NW Chix Offline
Chicken

Registered: 10/23/05
Posts: 93
Loc: Washington
Here they are also called "White Shavings" and you can get them in a plastic-wrapped bale at the local feed and farm stores for about six or seven bucks. If you need a large amount of them and have a dry place for storage, you could have them delivered by the yard.

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#75367 - 04/23/08 08:22 AM Re: Organic mite protection, does it exist?
Bad Seed Girl Offline
Feather

Registered: 04/18/08
Posts: 25
Loc: Tennessee
Our local TSC sells pine shavings under the term horse bedding.

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