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Bantam Rooster has leg mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JoanieMay0223, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. JoanieMay0223

    JoanieMay0223 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 19, 2012
    Maine, USA
    I read in Gail Damarow's book to use Kerosene and Linseed oil mixed half & half to kill these blood sucking leg mites.Brush it on the legs and on the perches. Is this the best way to get rid of these awful bugs? Thank you for your help. Joan
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I would instead wash her legs in warm soapy water, using a toothbrush to gently lift the scales. Dry the legs thoroughly. Then use castor oil, vaseline, or vegetable oil to rub into the legs getting it under the scales, and repeat once a week. Castor oil is much less messy, and may only need to be applied less frequently. You can find it in the laxative aisle at WalMart and most other drug stores.

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