Chicken pests in Colorado
I was curious as to what kinds/species of chicken mites and lice have been seen in Colorado. I have heard that altitude can affect some species of mites (dust mites), making it harder for them to survive here.
As a Colorado chicken owner, do I have one less kind of pest to worry about? Or are chicken mites still just as problematic here as they are at lower altitudes?
Many thanks in advance for your help and expertise!
Denver County Colorado poultry
Unfortunately, mites and lice are still an issue here in Colorado, at least up and down the Front Range. At very high altitudes they might be affected but in Denver you will need to check for mites.
Always keep your chicken coops clean and dry. Use dust like Garden & Poultry dust to prevent these parasites. Make sure your chickens have a place to dust bath. Regularly check your chickens for these parasites (at night will be easier because you won’t have to catch them).
Hope this helps,