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Feet Problem... What IS this?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SterlingAcres, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA

    It's scaley, flakey, dry and bumpy. How do I fix it?! These birds are in quarantine btw. Thanks in advance!
  2. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    Probably is scaly leg mites. Put bag balm or vaseline on their legs for 1-2 wks and that should do the trick. [​IMG]
  3. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    How often and how much?

    Please and thank you!
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    You should coat her whole leg - it doesn't have to be too thick, but the idea is to suffocate the mites, so an even coating.

    Once a day until better.
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    i have never seen leg mites before.....can you actually see them on the feet?...crawling around...or is the scales just residue from them?...
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Just lifted scales.

    Could be mites, could be just very dry, but I'd lean towards mites.
  7. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

    Nov 12, 2008
    Scaly leg mite bore under the scales of the chickens leg, lifting the scale and will cause the fowl physical trouble as time goes by. You can smother and kill leg mites with a myriad of creams, grease and meds. Some are: Scarlet oil, Corona smear (for horses), Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, WD-40,Bearing Grease, bacon Grease and VetRX. The idea is to SMOTHER the leg mites and medicate the chickens leg at the same time. It's best to use at least vasaline petroleum jelly (the kind you buy at any store) on ANY of your fowl occaisionally. This will prevent leg mites.
  8. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Thank you! I will coat them with vicks and vaseline as instructed. Hopefully, they're better soon [​IMG]

    redhen - I don't see any mites, just very rough nasty skin. Looks like it should be itchy. I wouldn't want my legs to look like that!
  9. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Songster

    Aug 16, 2008
    Brooksville, Fl
    I did not see "vicks" on the reccommended list?...
  10. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    I have used olive oil and also VetRX

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