Of Mites and Hen: getting to grips with red mite infestation

Agridirect offers poultry keepers some advice on the management of red mite infestation.

That’s mitey weather!

Most of us welcomed the slight increase in temperatures this week. Granted, these murky conditions are not ideal, but they are an improvement on the rain, hail and frost we suffered at the start of May. For poultry keepers, though, these first signs of an upswing in temperature bring with them the risk of red mite infestation. May is traditionally the month that sees the most significant surge in red mite numbers, which usually remain high until the cold weather takes effect in the Autumn.

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