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Honey for scaly leg mites and chicken wounds

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by azygous, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
  2. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    I would stick with oil for their legs because honey will make everything stick to them including their feathers when they try to roost. Any oil will do. However honey is great for any wounds they may suffer.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You might try castor oil. It is supposed to stay on longer than most most oils and really softens the scales. I would agree that honey would be a mess, although it is supposed to be good for prolapsed vents because it shrinks them.
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging 8 Years

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Well, I certainly had no idea that honey had medicinal properties. I always assumed you took it for a cough and sore throat because it soothed raw tissues. It turns out it actually helps prevent infection. If it worked better than oil for mites, I might give it a try, despite the mess.

    I wonder, if a study were to be taken, would honey or oil cure mites faster?

    And I will certainly remember that for prolapsed vents.
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging 7 Years

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Apart from attracting insects, honey would be sticky and messy unless covered by a dressing. The object when treating for mites is to smother them, so honey would probably work as well as any other thick occlusive material. Skin So Soft works well for leg mites too.

    Medicinal honey is a specific type - Manuka honey from Down Under
  6. Highcotton

    Highcotton Southern Chickens 5 Years

    Mar 18, 2013
    I would think Tea Tree oil would be preferred for leg mites. It will make Ticks release almost immediately. It and Manuka honey both come from the Tea Tree.

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