How to Treat Scaly Leg Mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Brahma Chicken5000, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    I have a rescue Old English Game Bantam x Sebright hen who has a bad case of scaly leg mites. She doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable or in pain but they haven’t cleared up for some time now so I’m going to treat it. My other birds don’t have raised leg scales.
    The reason I didn’t treat her initially is because no one is lathering feral or exclusively free range chickens’ legs with Vaseline if they have scaly leg mites.
    So what can be done for my chicken?
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  2. HuffleClaw

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    I’m having the same issue with Cowboy. I’m treating him with:
    Washing the legs with toothbrush (please don’t use it again :lol: ) and dawn dish soap and coconut oil

    But I’ve also heard of using vegetable oil on the legs?
     
  3. roosterhavoc

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    Kerosene and linseed oil. Or if you keep their legs wiped down with Vaseline or baby oil they won’t get them in the first place. Even if she’s free range which she’s not totally because she’s in a pen in the pic you can still catch them at night and wipe their legs down. A little bit of extra work goes a long way to preventing problems.
     
  4. HuffleClaw

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    I’ll even try this for my rooster :)

    But why would one treat it if it isn’t there?

    Oh and Aryeh, I failed to mention... you might want to treat everyone else in the coop, just in case :)
     
  5. roosterhavoc

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    Prevention. If you keep their leg scales soft and healthy with a light coating of oil that will prevent mites from getting under lifted scales. Same reason you might put lotion or chapstick on before your skin is cracked and bleeding.
     
  6. Brahma Chicken5000

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    I’ll do the Vaseline on the legs bit.
    Do you do this for all your birds?
     
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  7. roosterhavoc

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    Yes. I do it every single time I have a bird in my hands unless I’ve just done it within a few days. It only takes two seconds.
    You need to completely cover her legs with Vaseline. Rub your hand upwards and make sure the lifted scales are totally packed full. She should look ridiculous with so much Vaseline on her legs or it isn’t going to work. You’ll also need to do it often.
    OR you could dip her legs in kerosene then pack them with Vaseline if you really want the mites gone.
     
  8. Brahma Chicken5000

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    Thank you for the advice havoc I’ll do it as soon as I get home.
    Should I wait a few days and then put Vaseline on her legs again until the scales lie flat?
     
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    No you can apply the Vaseline a little while later once mostly dry. You need to really lather it on. Might have to get more Vaseline at the store. A couple containers. Don’t blame me if you get funny looks!
     
  10. Brahma Chicken5000

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