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Pros and Cons of Red Mite Treatment Options

Red mite control options always rise to front of the mind as the weather warms up. Fiona Hunt, poultry specialist at Wynnstay, reviews the pros and cons of different control options for use in free range layers.

“Most flocks experience a level of red mite pressure, which can be expected to increase in late spring and summer as temperatures warm-up and conditions are more favourable for breeding,” says Ms Hunt.

She explains that a multifaceted approach is required to control red mite, which should include a pre housing treatment and a planned control method to use once the birds are in, to keep the numbers as low as possible.

“A prescribed medicated treatment may also be appropriate should an infestation arise,” she adds.   

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3 point checklist for starting out in free range hens

3 point checklist for starting out in free range hens

With UK supermarkets pledging to move away from caged eggs, a new 16,000 bird shed will need to be built each week until 2025 to meet consumer demand. This creates an opportunity for farmers looking to diversify their business by producing free range eggs.

The egg market has a strong future, however getting started in free range egg production is a big investment, both financially and in terms of time associated with obtaining planning permission and managing the shed building. 

There are three key considerations for farms looking into setting up a free range system.   

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Top 10 tips to avoid and mitigate heat stress in laying hens

Top 10 tips to avoid and mitigate heat stress in laying hens

The risk of heat stress in laying hens can be reduced and managed by focusing on ventilation, house temperature, feed and water factors, and by creating shade.

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Tips For Dealing With Red Mite In Chickens

As summer approaches and temperatures increase, the threat of red mite increases. Costing European poultry producers €360 million each year, red mite is not an issue to be swept ‘beneath the slats’. In this blog I share my insight into how to stop red mite impacting flock performance through prevention, monitoring and treatment strategies.

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The Benefits of a Pecking Block During a Poultry Housing Order

The Benefits of a Pecking Block During a Poultry Housing Order

In our previous blog 'How to Keep Your Birds Healthy through a Bird Flu Outbreak', we listed a number of ways in which you can keep your birds healthy during the Avian Influenza housing order. One area we recommended focusing on was flock enrichment, hens must be kept active in order to help reduce stress levels and avoid destructive and aggressive behaviour. 

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What to consider when getting into free range egg production

What to consider when getting into free range egg production

UK egg consumption has increased in recent years, with an average UK consumer now eating 2.2 eggs per week, while free-range egg sales have doubled since 2004, now representing 67% of retail egg sales. This steady growth has made diversification into free-range egg production an attractive option. Here’s what those thinking about getting into poultry should consider.  

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