Poultry Shield

Poultry Shield is one of my top products that I keep in stock for cleaning the chicken coop and I certainly wouldn’t be without it. Poultry Shield is a fungicide, bactericide, and a virucide and is effective against bio-films.

Poultry Shield has two uses. It is excellent at helping to remove organic matter when cleaning out the coop and killing off many ‘nasties’ that can cause diseases but it is also very effective against Red Mite since it can get into the cracks easily, unlike red mite powders.

Cleaning the Chicken Coop

Poultry ShieldPoultry Shield is a very safe product to use if you follow the manufacturers instructions. It doesn’t contain poisons and can even be used in organic production systems. It is bio-degradable and has a low odour. Although I don’t ever clean my chicken houses out with birds in them, the manufacturers even state that providing you don’t spray birds directly, there is no need to remove the birds: This could be useful for spraying in the cracks and perch ends whilst the birds roost at night to kill off any Red Mite that are hiding. Poultry Shield certainly takes some beating for safety but even so, remember to wear rubber gloves and eye protection as a precaution!

Poultry Shield for Red Mite Control.

I have used Poultry Shield successfully in the battle against Red Mite, usually combined with diatom after the coop has dried out. Poultry Shield is a detergent that washes the waxy coating off the mite. The mite dries out and dies within 48 hours. There are two ways in which I use it.

Spraying Poultry ShieldFirstly, if I have a Red Mite infestation, I will mix up some Poultry Shield and wash the house out, concentrating on getting it into all of the cracks in the wood. The second way in which I use it is to mix up a solution in a small plant sprayer any (wearing gloves and eye protection), spray it into the cracks that you can’t get to with a watering can.

I save some on the mixture in the spray bottle to use every few days before the mites have a chance to get a hold again. Compared to most of the sprays available containing pesticides, it’s far safer and much cheaper this way. There is more information on how we treat for Red Mite here on my Red Mite page.

Note: Poultry Shield must come into contact with the Red Mite or Eggs in order to work so make sure you concentrate on the cracks and areas where the mites are hiding.

I find Poultry shield particularly good because it penetrates the cracks where powders cannot. It also destroys the Red Mite eggs which breaks the life cycle of the mite, helping to reduce their drastic numbers.

Dilution Rate

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Poultry Shield comes as a concentrated liquid. You will need to measure out the amount required (I use an old measuring jug) and dilute it down with water to the correct strength, as recommended by the manufacturer. This is 1 part Poultry Shield to 9 parts water. I usually buy 5 litres of Poultry Shield as it is more economical  but it is available in 1 litre containers too (it’s around £20 for 5 litres, £10 for 1 litre). You can buy Poultry Shield online. Here are some links to some suppliers on Amazon which seems to be the cheapest way to buy it:

The 5 litre tub is the most economical but I bought one of each, then I can top up the spray bottle with poultry shield and water to use on the cracks. I also mix some in a watering can for my cleaning at 10 parts water to 1 part poultry shield.

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14 Responses to Poultry Shield

  1. Bridget says:

    Where can i get poultry sheild, I cant get it in Ireland

    • Keeping Chickens says:

      I’m sorry I don’t know about getting it in Ireland. Have you tried calling some of the UK suppliers up to see whether they would post it out to you?

  2. Julia says:

    Hi just to let you know there are suppliers in ireland – LK Poultry in Limerick sold me some yesterday so am anticipating a mite free life!

  3. Julia Williams says:

    I have suddenly become inspired to keep chickens! Your website has been very useful – thank you! Just wondered how often the coop should be cleaned (once a week?)? Whether I can have the coop and run on concrete? And silly question, I’m a bit scared of chickens… would I ever have to pick one up?? Will they go back in to the coop on their own? Thanks, Julia

    • Keeping Chickens says:

      Once a week is usually about right but if you have a big coop, you can get away with every other week over the winter.
      Once they know where home is, they will go back to their coop to roost at night.
      You will need to pick them up and check them over from time to time for lice and other things… maybe a friend could do this for you for now until you gain confidence…

  4. Simon says:

    Hello there,
    Just came across your great website while I was looking up how to use poultry sheild spray’s. we are getting some chickens hopefully this week but was reading up on these dreaded red mites so i purchased some poultry sheild ready to use spray for starters. so that i can give all the cracks and corners of the coop a good spray once a week with the poulrty sheild. Just wondered the instructions say to spray it on, leave it a hour or so , scrub with brush then rinse it all off . can i just spray the stuff on and leave it. or do i have to rinse it all off after. ( sorry if this is a silly question)

    many thanks
    Simon

    • Keeping Chickens says:

      If it’s a new coop, dust with a powder (this has a residual effect if mites try to get in) but poultryshield won’t prevent them, it is basically a detergent and washes the waxy coating off the mite so by ‘washing’ the coop, it won’t prevent them.

      Poultryshield can be used with hens in the coop (so they say) so if spraying the cracks, I certainly wouldn’t worry about washing it out. If soaking the whole coop, I would rinse afterwards with a hosepipe (if it’s not banned yet!) or bucket of water.

      I don’t worry too much with this, it’s very safe compared to most chemical disinfectants and seems no more harmful than washing up liquid to me… it is after all an organic detergent.

      • Simon says:

        Thank you for your reply, the coop hadnt been used for about 10 years as a chicken shed. (previous owners of our property used to keep a couple of chickens in a shed) we just cleaned it all out and modified it all. was just a bit worried about using the spray, but you have put my mind at rest thank you. will keep using it along with the dust powder and keep an eye out for mites. picked up our 6 hens at the weekend. 🙂
        Thanks again

    • Gwen Cummings says:

      where did you buy your poultry shield? In the U.S.?

  5. Amanda Vasey says:

    Hi
    Thank you so much for your information. I was wondering if you need to clean out the coop with Poultry shiled every week or if a wash down would be enough and poultryshiled less frequent. Also- once you have made up the mixture, can you keep it for a length of time in a bottle or does it need to be used up immediately?
    Thank you for your help.

    • Keeping Chickens says:

      I use it weekly during the red mite season. It is good for cleaning – but also to keep red mite away. It is after all a detergent rather than a disinfectant so can be used for general cleaning without harm to the environment.

  6. Kym D says:

    Hi i am thinking about getting some chickens in the next few weeks and i have never kept chickens before so been doing plenty of research i am going to transform my garden shed into a chicken coop and been reading about these horrible red mites are, what could you advise me on making it fully protective of little bugs and things before i buy some chickens? And what wound be the best chickens as a beginner? Thanks x

    • Keeping Chickens says:

      Hybrids are a good start for beginners. Pure breeds vary so much depending on what you choose and what you fancy, it’s hard to make recommendations. Personally, I’m not keen on bantams I like large fowl but each to their own!

      Red Mite powders such as diatom are useful dusted around the perch ends to ward off the dreaded red mite but also poultry shield is good for general cleaning (it is a detergent) and should be used regularly to help prevent red mite as well. (I have pages on both Poultry Shield and Diatom if you’re interested).

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