Bad scaly leg mites, help!


8 Years
May 22, 2013
The Volunteer State
My Coop
My Coop
Hello, my White silkie hen has bad scaly leg mites, especially on her left leg. It hurts her to walk around on them. I let her legs soak in warm soapy water a few hours ago. I rinsed them, dried them, and coated them in Petroleum Jelly. That seemed to help her a bit. She spends all day under our back deck. She always has access to food and water. A few weeks ago when I noticed the leg mites I would spray them with cooking spray (I read you can do this) every 2-3 days. Then they got worse. I just hope her legs get better, I have dealt with leg mites a lot in the past and they always got better. I hope my Silkie does the same, I have no pictures of her legs.

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!


Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Nov 23, 2010
St. Louis, MO
Paint the legs and feet and roosts with one part kerosene to two parts linseed oil a couple times a month.
If it is that bad, I'd also treat with ivermectin. Bantams 5 drops orally, LF 1/4cc orally. Don't eat the eggs for a while.

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