I've got about two dozen chickens, ranging in age from 1 to 4 years, mix of breed (sex links, austrolorps, chanteclers, a few others). I noticed what at first I thought was scaly leg mites, but now I'm not so sure. I treated them all by soaking their legs in oil a number of times over three weeks, cleaning out the hen house and treating it with permethrin twice 10 days apart. For the most part they seem to be healing, so if that was the problem I may have it under control.
But then I started thinking about it. As I understand it the leg mites get under the scales, and their waste products build up and lift the scales. On my birds, several of them have scales, or a whole series of scales, that stick straight out, no lift up so much as pointing straight out. The worst is my one dominique, who has a series of maybe 10 scales all sticking out. A few of the other birds have just a couple isolated scales that stick out.
So what I'm trying to figure out is if scaly leg mites could cause something like that, or if it might be something else. Any information anyone might have would be appreciated.