Red Mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) is a blood-feeding ecto-parasite that lives in cracks and crevices in your chicken house, coming out at night to hop onto a bird for a feast. They cannot fly but are a very serious problem for poultry keepers and a large infestation can kill your birds by sucking their blood, making them anaemic.
Red Mite cause severe skin irritation and stress to your birds and a reduction in laying / egg numbers. Red Mite can be carried into your flock from wild birds and can also transfer from bird to bird although they mainly live in the chicken house. Mites look like moving specs of dirt, they are not species specific and will feed from any type of bird.
Have you been fighting the dreaded red mite with powders, treatments or meticulous cleaning? The mites are so small that they can hide in any crack or crevice but the beauty of the Doodlehouses is they can be totally disassembled for a thorough hose down and then re-assembled in minutes - there is absolutely nowhere for them to hide.
The houses are red mite proof in that there is nowhere for the mites to hide.
For more information on red-mite, there is a nice article found here: http://poultrykeeper.com/chickens/health/red-mite.html
If the houses could somehow prevent mites from entering the garden or hopping on the hens then this would be an amazing thing! The point of Doodlehouses is that a, you can see the little blighters b, they can't hide in crevices where you can't get to them and c, you can wash the whole coop off, therefore making their habitat uninhabitable. If there is a problem with the hens, then this is quickly solved as the first thing that needs to be addressed is the issue of them living inside the coop. Red mites exist on wildlife and are quickly picked up by hens but with the Doodlehouse, they don't stay for long. This doesn't mean that you don't need to keep an eye out or not treat the hens if they are carrying them. It just means that they are easy to get rid of, therefore making the coop 'red-mite proof' ie, they can't live in it.
The war is over ... Doodlehouse won!