AGRICULTURE NEWS - Farming free-range chickens offers many advantages over running livestock such as cattle or sheep. Not much space is needed, marketing is easy due to high consumer demand, birds grow rapidly, and far less capital outlay is required, particularly if you can grow drought-hardy crops such as sorghum and herbs for use as feed.
Nonetheless, chicken farming does offer its challenges, and one of these is poultry mites.
These can become a major problem and cause severe financial loss if left to proliferate.
Mites can be readily introduced onto your property by infected birds or via shoes. They often hide in cracks and holes in chicken houses and come out at night to suck blood from the birds. This can cause sores that can become infected, anaemia due to blood loss, or even death in extreme cases.