Do you think that my chickens have scaly leg mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bok-bok-bok, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. bok-bok-bok

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    We have two white Araucana X leg-horn hens. They are coming up for a year old now and are very well and laying a lot of eggs. We bought them last year as ten week old pullets, the breeders farm in my opinion could have done with a clean-up and after reading this forum I began to worry about their feet and whether they may have scaly legs mites. Following the advice on this forum we splashed out on a big tub of petroleum jelly and me and my husband grabbed a chicken each massaged their feet and legs in it every day for about two weeks. This incidentally resulted in two very dirty looking brown chickens.

    It was during this treatment that we noticed one chicken had a very small bumble and one foot which then developed in the other foot. This one chicken was given epsom salt baths for about a month and both feet were cleaned with iodine then dressed. This treatment resulted in one foot being cured and the remaining bumble losing all swelling and remaining in a very tiny dot which I look at regularly and I hope will eventually go away naturally.

    The chickens are housed in a large covered airy coop with a dry soil floor which is mixed with rice husks which makes completely cleaning the coop to kill any parasites very difficult. In short they have both had a good dose of vasoline and one chicken has had iodine and epson salts treatments for a month. However, we did not clean the coop and if they did have mites there could be a chance that they were re-inffected in their coop.


    The chickens are really energetic and lay well they do not peck or scratch with irritation at their feet however, to me their feet don't look very good.

    We would like to increase the numbers of chicken this spring and hope to incubate some eggs, but before we do this it would be wise to get on top of this.

    More experienced chicken people would you be so good as to cast you eyes over these pictures and give me your opinion?
    Do you think these chickens have scaly leg mites?

    Chicken that had bumble foot.
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    Other chicken
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Yes it does look like you have some leg mites. You can wash the legs in warm soapy water once a week, and dry them thoroughly (only do this inside in warm house if cold weather.) Apply caster oil, vegetable oil, or vaseline to legs rubbing it underneath loose scales after ward until you start to see the new scales growing in.
     
  3. bok-bok-bok

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    Thank you for your reply.

    I was hoping that it was just damage from the last infection.

    I will restart treatment and this time give the coop a good clean as well.
     

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