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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 31, 2006
9:22 PM

Post #2153578

Since my daughter is having chickens for the first time, my Dad gave her my Grandma's old nesting boxes, heat lamp and roosts, The roosts have little boxes on the underside of the roost. As the chickens roost, the mites go down and get into the box. You check it to see if the chickens need dusting.
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2006
1:05 AM

Post #2154096

Interesting! Never heard of that.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 1, 2006
1:37 AM

Post #2154176

I hadn't either till Dad said something. I remember gathering eggs with Grandma, but was too young to know much. She also put a lightbulb in the nesting box to encourage laying.
Zeppy
Shenandoah Valley, VA
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2006
1:13 PM

Post #2154903

Can't imagine putting a lightbulb in. Guess that would discourage egg eaters. :)

The only "mite box" I've ever heard of (until now) is the church offering one, you know, "the widow's mite."
PeggieK
Claremore, OK
(Zone 6a)

April 1, 2006
3:49 PM

Post #2155298

Chuckle, chuckle.

That's interesting about the mite box. Do you have any pics you can post so we can see it ?

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 3, 2006
11:39 PM

Post #2161165

I'll have to get my daughter to take one. The roosts are at her house now. We just got a scanner hooked up, (thanks to my daughter, we live in the dark ages, smile.)

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 4, 2006
8:16 PM

Post #2163620

My Dad stopped up today so I asked how old the roosts are. He wasn't sure if Grandma brought them from the other farm when he was little, but they could be from the 1920's. He said they were special made. I got it backwards. Mites feed at night. During the day they hide, so they would use the box. Otherwise, check the bottom of your roost and if you have them, then you dust your chickens and the nesting boxes.
TamaraFaye
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2006
2:39 PM

Post #2192254

Happy Birthday Billy!

tf

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2006
6:59 PM

Post #2194973

Thank you TamaraFaye! I made my usual chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. I'm not 48 and holding any more.
TamaraFaye
Fritch, TX
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2006
4:40 AM

Post #2196168

no, now you are 47 and glowing LOL yougotta start habving LESS candles on the cake at some point! lie while it is still beliveable ;-)

tf

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2006
10:36 PM

Post #2197761

Alas, I've matured and can't lie anymore. (And when I say matured, I mean aged.) LOL!

Peggy, Just called my daughter today about the photos of the mite boxes. Hope to have them soon.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2006
12:34 AM

Post #2198062

These are the mite boxes built on the underside of the roosts. They twist sideways to open up.

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