Bag balm - leg mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ccshambhala, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just picked up a new rooster and am scared he might have scaly leg mites. He goes into quarantine when I get home with him - but I do not have any Vaseline. Can I use bag balm on his legs? Or is that too strong?
     
  2. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think bag balm would be too strong at all. Googled ingredients and I don't see anything harmful. I've never used it but it looks like something I might pick up for winter.

    The active ingredients of Bag Balm are 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3% (antiseptic) in a petroleum jelly USP and lanolin base
     
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  3. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you think he has scaly leg mites?
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  4. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you purpletree - it's great stuff to have around - potent smelling tho - and chickens are so small.... I was thinking the mentholate might be too much for birds...
     
  5. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you purpletree - it's great stuff to have around - potent smelling tho - and chickens are so small.... I was thinking the mentholate might be too much for birds...
     
  6. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    (apologies for double post - was posting from cell - didn't think it had gone thru)
     
  7. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if that is scaly leg mite. Just to be safe treat him anyway. He has to be quarantine from your other chickens for 2 week anyway. Better to treat than have the mites introduced into your main coop. While your at it check him for lice and mites on his skin.
     
  8. Eggcessive

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    Castor oil is a good and inexpensive treatment, and has to only be applied occasionally compared to vaseline-based products from what I have read. It helps to gently scrub the scales in warm soapy water before applying oil or vaseline. Cooking oil is also used by some.
     
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  9. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggcessive - do you think he has it? I will treat him either way (think I will try castor oil mixed with tea tree oil and neem) but I would like to know if he has them... if only to tell the owner so he can treat his flock before he sells anymore to someone else .... (I mentioned it kind of looked like it to me (mildly - a bad case is easily recognizable in pics) and he had never heard of them...)
     
  10. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I see raised scales--not the worst case I have seen pictures of, but I would treat for it before it progresses.
     

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