growths and scales on legs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by heatherindeskies, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. heatherindeskies

    heatherindeskies Songster

    May 23, 2010
    SE Minnesota
    How does one prevent older hens from the 'scales' on the legs separating, and the old, gnarled/growth stuff from happening?
    What causes this in the first place?
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

  3. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    I agree with IMP. If you have vaseline on hand rub it into the legs to smother the mites. The scales will fall off, or you can pick them off gently in a few days.
  4. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Songster

    I thought all old chickens' legs looked like that until coming on BYC. Leg scale mites for sure! After using WD40 spray on the legs and feet nightly for 2 weeks, now my old chickens have beautiful smooth legs! Will continue to use it periodicly to keep their legs nice!

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