Crust On My Hens Leg:

tapolla

Hatching
7 Years
Nov 1, 2012
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I have 3 hens and a rooster. 2 of my hens have a crust forming on there legs. Someone said it could be 'scaly leg mite'. How would I treat this condition?
 

ellie32526

Songster
7 Years
Oct 21, 2012
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21
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North Texas
If you determine that it is scaly mite you will need to treat the entire flock and disinfect the coop. I have heard that Nu-stock is the best. It is reportedly a lotion that smells like Pine Sol. You aslo should dust them all all over with wood ashes
 

tapolla

Hatching
7 Years
Nov 1, 2012
9
0
7
Someone suggested that I rub vaseline on to the infected leg. Is this a safe procedure too? My hens free range around the section and also have dirt patches where they bathe.
 

Wayne&Kim1963

Songster
10 Years
Nov 12, 2009
554
17
154
Covington, OK
I put vaseline on my chickens legs or triple antibiotic ointment anything that is oil based. It suffocates the scale mites. Then I seven dust everyone for mites and put some in cracks and crevises in hen house. To wash and disinfect is always wonderful but I never seem to have time to always do that. I have also put kerosene on their legs too. But it was what older adults around here said to do and it got rid of them but just idea of it being kerosene worried me.
 

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