Keeping your hen house clean is key to having happy, healthy hens.
What your hen house is constructed of can make all the difference when it comes to controlling mite numbers. Smooth, flat surfaces go a long way to reducing population numbers. Avoid coops and houses built out of rough sawn, unfinished timbers, old pallets, especially tongue and groove styled timbers. Avoid insulating hen houses with wool or pink bats and any other linings. Smooth, easy to clean surfaces like plastic are great to keep clean and go a long way to making it easier to keep on top of mites.
Omlet's range of Eglu plastic hen houses and chicken coops are a very good choice as super easy to maintain and keep clean. Unlike wooden housing, you do not need to repeatedly treat your Eglu - saving you time and money. Made from energy efficient polymers using modern construction techniques, the Eglu will last for years and at the end of its life can be 100% recycled.
We sell diatomaceous earth for chickens
If you notice that red mites have begun to overrun your chicken coop, it is time to consider investing in our Appletons De-Mite Powder for chickens to assist with the elimination of red mite. It works best when used hand in hand with our chicken coop cleaner. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is also highly effective if used regularly as a preventative as this will continuously deter any mites, killing them before numbers can build up to an infestation. The Appletons Lifestyle Poultry and Pet Housing team offers you quality options that help to keep the nest and coop clean and healthy.