Can scaly leg mites be confused for Bumblefoot?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HollyDuckFarmer, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    This is just from my experience:

    Scaly leg mites lift the scales of the feet. Bumblefoot = black scab looking thing on underside of foot and it can swell.

    Which condition are you trying to treat?
     
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  3. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Been treating as if Bumblefoot, but after reading that link, I started wondering if I was treating the wrong thing. I do see the black scab, but I also think I'm seeing some lifting scales.... So no black scabs with mites?
     
  4. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's also possible they have both bumblefoot and scale mites - unfortunately it doesn't have to be one or the other. The two can co-exist.[​IMG]
     
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  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    x2- If you have lifting scales I'd definitely dip each leg in mineral oil or veg oil every day for 2 weeks to smother the mites. Also it is helpful to smear oil on the comb and wattles as scaly leg mites can attack the face too.

    For bumblefoot I personally don't treat it unless there is swelling or the chicken is limping, etc. I have never had to do the bumblefoot surgery. So I am not the one to ask about that, sorry.
     

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