I need help telling what breed of chicken this is!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by rjfarmer123, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. rjfarmer123

    rjfarmer123 Hatching

    Aug 16, 2014
    [​IMG]She is about 2 years old and is very small compared to my other chickens. So if you can tell what breed this is, please let me know.
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    She looks like a pretty mix to me, but as usual I am not totally sure!

    Are the scales lifted on her feet/legs?

    Welcome to BYC from WA state!
  3. rjfarmer123

    rjfarmer123 Hatching

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yes the scales are lifted on her legs.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    OK I can help. I have dealt with that a couple of times!

    Here is an excellent 55 page thread:

    but I can tell you what I do to get the scales to go back down and heal. To treat Scaly Leg Mites, I dip each affected bird's legs in a cup of mineral oil. I just save the oil from day to day until it gets too nasty and then I get fresh. I use a disposable cup, so as not to have to wash the cup later.

    I dip them every day to begin with and then every other day after I feel like they are getting a little improvement. The treatment needs to be for 2 weeks because of the life cycle of the mites. They can also infest the comb so you can put a little oil on the combs if you like (I never did though).

    Some people use vaseline but I tried Bag Balm and it didn't seem to work as fast. If the leg scales are badly damaged you may not see them slough off until the scales molt. But when the scales are just slightly lifted, it only takes 2-3 weeks for them to look normal again from my experience.

    What you are doing with the oil is simply smothering the mites. Hence the repeated application, since when it wears off it is no good. You can use vegetable oil as well. Don't use things that are toxic.

    I hope this helps and I just wanted to say that if Scaly Leg Mites get bad enough they start to self-amputate the toes and even the whole foot at times, so it is very good to treat as soon as possible.
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens


    Here is someone's blog on it. I haven't read it carefully but it may give some other info. helpful to you!

    Here is another site:

    Oh yes I forgot you should definitely dust/spray your coop with Poultry Dust or permethrin spray and toss bedding/nesting material in case they are wandering around in there.

    Normally with mites (the regular kind) I always say to treat ALL birds in the flock, but I have successfully treated just the affected ones with Scaly Leg Mite and it was OK. Maybe because the birds who brought it in were new additions to the flock and hadn't been there awhile. If all your birds have been together a long time you may need to treat the whole flock- judgement call.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2015
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013

    She looks like a mixed breed to me.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2015
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    I agree.
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    I also agree.
  9. Spangled

    Spangled Songster

    Jan 12, 2012
    Serenity Valley
    Oh! She is such a beauty! Where did you come across her?

  10. rjfarmer123

    rjfarmer123 Hatching

    Aug 16, 2014
    My Grandpa had chickens and when he passed away last year I got them.

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