RED MITE is a blood-sucking parasite that, if allowed to reproduce uncontrolled, can have a severe impact on the health and productivity of birds on a poultry farm.
They are primarily a problem in laying hen and broiler breeder systems, but the set-up of modern free-range egg farms can present particular challenges.
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Even relatively small populations can cause issues, and it is thought that red mite may serve as a disease vector, potentially spreading unwelcome viruses and bacteria.
And as numbers increase, a range of behavioural and ultimately physical effects detrimental to health can emerge.
Birds irritated by high populations of red mite can have in...
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