can hen pass scaly leg mite to her chicks?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sydney13, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    i have a silkie hen who i think may have scaly leg mite but it is not very severe. she has a few chicks and i was wondering if it could spread to them?
    and im treating it with vetRX each day so can this hurt the chicks?
     
  2. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have any experience with vetrx, but i would start oiling or vaselining the momma's and all the chicks' legs every day to prevent any infestation of the scaly leg mites.
     
  3. MotherJean

    MotherJean Chillin' With My Peeps

    In a word, yes, scaly leg mites have no respect for age. Treat your entire flock of birds, even the ones not showing any lifting scales on their legs yet. Feel free to continue with the VetRX. It contains (among other things) camphor and corn oil, and both are recommended by some sources for treating scaly leg mites. Neither ingredient will harm chicks.
     

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