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Young chick, scab or scaly leg mites?

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Hi there! My husband and I just got a few bantam chicks from Southern States yesterday. We noticed one was pecking at its legs and feet a bit. That drew our attention to a spot on its toe and upper leg. See the picture below. I couldn't find any information about scaly leg mites on chicks, only on adult chickens. Is it maybe just a scab? Anything we should do if it is a scab?

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If it's a scab, it will benefit by putting coconut oil on it. If it's scaly legs mites, coconut oil will smother them and get rid of them.

 

Coconut oil should be in every chicken first aid kit.

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how old is the chick? Did you get her from a hatchery or farm? It's HIGHLY UNLIKELY that the chick has scarey leg mites Unless she has been kept outside with lots of other birds. it's likely a scab and if it were me, I would not soften the scab with oils but let it fall off naturally. usually chicks don't get those kinds of things unless kept outside in crowded conditions. I DID however once got a six week old chick sent to me with northern foul mites! She WAS kept outdoors in crowded conditions, so it CAN happen.I'd call it a scab for now and keep a eye on it. it should heal. I hope this helps
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It seems that it was indeed a scab! It has fallen off and it looks like it is healing up. Thanks for the suggestions :)

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