How can I know for certain that my chickens have scaly leg mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Jessjuls, Aug 4, 2019.

  1. Jessjuls

    Jessjuls Hatching

    May 13, 2019
    Greetings, So I have 12 hens and 2 roos and recently I noticed 1 of my roo's biting at his feet and legs and chasing himself in a circle, repeatedly! After investigating I think he has scaly leg mites but I'm not for sure. I also inspected the rest of my flock and some of them seem to have the beginning of what maybe scaly leg mites. I haven't noticed any of the others acting strangely or even itching excessively. Everyone seems fine with the exception of the 1 roo. Their legs aren't bad either just a little scalier than I guess they should be? Is there a way to know for sure that they have scaly leg mites?

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  2. SurferchickinSB

    SurferchickinSB Crowing

    Feb 23, 2018
    The scales will start lifting. You can put Vaseline on their legs to smother the mites if you are worried about it.
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  3. CochinFancy

    CochinFancy Hatching

    Aug 3, 2019
    It’s very cheap to cure scaley leg! Just rub vasoline all over their legs! It’s easier to just treat than to wonder about it.
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    In your photos the scales look fine to me.

    Did you inspect your rooster's legs when he was biting at them? Maybe he got some ants on him, that will sure make them move.
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