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Scaly leg mites on brooding Australorp hen

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A few months ago my Australorp got a case of scaly leg mites (only one in a flock of 20) and I treated her regularly for a couple of weeks by washing her legs and smothering them with Vaseline.  It worked great and she got new scales.  I have been keeping an eye on her ever since and was just a couple weeks ago starting to suspect that she was getting them again. Was just pondering starting her treatment again when she all of a sudden went broody.  She's my first ever broody and so I wanted to take advantage of it, put a dozen (hopefully) fertile eggs under her and separated her from the rest to her own pen.  She is doing an awesome job.  But should I worry about the (possible) scaly leg mites? Or will brooding smother them? Or will it hurt the eggs? I'm guessing a Vaseline treatment would definitely not be good for the eggs, as it would clog the pores and introduce bacteria.  And make for a nasty nest.

 

Any advice on this would be helpful. She doesn't seem to be in bad health at all, so maybe three weeks without a treatment wouldn't hurt anything?

10 BO, 12 EE, 1 Australorp, 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 kiddos and a DH.
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10 BO, 12 EE, 1 Australorp, 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 kiddos and a DH.
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I'd be tempted to treat her with Ivermectin.  Read some of the scaly leg mite/Ivermectin threads and make your decision.  Brooding will not smother the leg mites if she has them, and Vaseline would not be a good idea.

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