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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by eeiko321, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Songster

    Sep 1, 2008
    hi guys
    i have a question about the Scaly black legs......

    i heard that it is caused by mites living under and infesting...causing blacking in the legs...

    a good treatment ive read is SURGICAL SOLOUTION...

    but what is that?....is that like,..... Methylated spirits? Alcohol?

    or is there any other soloution that would work also?

    thanks guys

  2. flakey chick

    flakey chick Songster

    May 3, 2007
    Standard treatment for scaly leg mites is vaseline or oil rubbed on their legs to suffocate the mites. Then repeat 1 week later. Do NOT use automotive oil or other automotive products. I hadn't heard of it being bad enough to cause the legs to change color.
  3. sussexgal

    sussexgal Songster

    Bag Balm works well also....
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    We have used vasoline and mineral oil with good results.
  5. And please be careful not to get their pantaloons and petticoats soaked because they can get chilled and sick from hypothermia. I'd start with Bag Balm or vasoline- you can control it more easily and it is easier on your hands, too. The objective is to smother the mites. And bag balm is excellent for your skin![​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2008
  6. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Songster

    Sep 1, 2008
    thanks guys
    i will try that soon
    vasaline is petrolium jelly also?
  7. sussexgal

    sussexgal Songster


  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I may be reading this incorrectly -

    Lots of chickens have black scaled feet and legs and it isn't a sign of mites.

    Are you saying your chickens do have leg mites? Are the scales raised and the legs inflammed?
  9. eeiko321

    eeiko321 Songster

    Sep 1, 2008
    Quote:come to yhink of it

    they arent lifting....
    could be just dirt or mud.

    thanks for ur post
  10. Kwerner77

    Kwerner77 Hatching

    Apr 26, 2012
    My Barred Pylmouth rocks all have black scales on their legs, however they are not raised and unhealthy looking. I'm wondering if anyone out there with this breed knows if this is normal or not. Also some of them have black on their beaks as well I don't want to treat them if nothing is wrong as they are free range and antibiotic free, the vaseline seems like a good idea if they do indeed have an issue. Any advice is helpful!

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