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  1. pam

    pam Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi...I have a hen that has big ole scaly bumps on her feet..i was holding her and noticed it was coming off...so I picked it off. Underneath is raw skin...no scales...Could it be mites? What should I do?? Her feet look arthretic like....I would put a picture on.....if I could figure out how to do it.

    Pam
     
  2. alex

    alex Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. pam

    pam Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Alex..your link doesn't work.....[​IMG] I looked qaround for instructions but am not finding any.

    pam
     
  4. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

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    Sounds like it could be scaley leg mites? I've heard rubbing the legs with vasoline is the cure, as it suffocates the mites and soothes the skin of the chickens legs. I'm sure other experts will come along shortly with more advice. [​IMG]
     
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  5. chicks rule

    chicks rule Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. pam

    pam Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm trying....
     
  7. pam

    pam Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]
     
  8. barg

    barg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Yes, that looks like leg mites to me.
    I have never had to treat mites, I have seen it in others birds though, Mostly parrots, but that does look like the problem.
     
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  9. Gracefulspice

    Gracefulspice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found an artical about leg mites..small but informative. I'm sure there's more info out there. I know I've seen more.

    The Scaly-Leg Mite (Knemidocoptes mutans) lives under the scales on feet and legs of poultry. It also may attach to the comb and wattles. It causes a thickening of scales on the feet and legs that gives the impression that the scales are protruding directly outward, rather that laying flat on the limb. It spends its entire life cycle on the birds and spreads mainly by direct contact.
    The most effective treatment for all mite species is a regular inspection and spraying program of both the birds and their premises. An appropriate solution of permethrin, when sprayed on the birds, will eliminate all mites that infest the bird. The spraying of all facilities will ensure that any mites hiding in cracks and crevices will be destroyed. The treatment should be repeated on a one to two month schedule or whenever populations of the mites are detected.
     
  10. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

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    N.E. Louisiana
    Minerial oil works good as well.I believe you soak their feet in it for 10 -15 seconds & repeat in a week or so.You can get minerial oil at a drug store,Wal Mart etc. Vet Rx for poultry is a good to use too, it might be at your local feed store.
    I hope she gets better soon. [​IMG]
    Miriam

    Oh yeah, you'll need to totally clean your coops & replace any bedding/ nestbox material.
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2007

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