Ivermectin use for scaly leg mites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AnimalsComeFirst, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now, I know alot of you are going to say to coat the legs with vaseline, mineral oil or some other remedy. I've tried all that, and none has worked. I have read that Ivermectin does get rid of scaly leg mites. I would get the drops... hopefully it would get into their blood, and when the mites suck their feet, it would kill them. I have treated the coop with poultry dust.
    My questions: What site is the best place to buy the dropper medicine that is safe for chickens?
    Can humans/dogs get these mites?
    Is it true we can't eat their eggs if they start to lay?
    Where to apply the drops?
    Has anyone here used this and had success?
     
  2. Sjisty

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    I use Eprinex. It is a pour-on version of Ivermectin that has zero-withdrawal, so I don't have to discard the eggs. I have never seen any mites on my chickens, nor do I see signs of worms. I have large chickens, so I put 7 drops to the back of the neck directly on the skin.
     
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use ivermectin pour on for cattle on my bantam chickens. Some are more prone to scaly leg mites than others but the ivermectin DOES work! The scales may still be raised for some time after the treatment but it does work. I have had several cases here especially with my feather footed birds.
     
  4. NewToFarming

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    I have used it before when Sevin dust didn't work and I must say it worked great. I got the Ivomec pour on and I ordered it from Valley Vet. It is a bit pricey but it does work where others have failed. I used about 3 drops for bantam size chickens and depending on the size you can do the 5-7 drops for the larger chickens.
    You want to apply it on the skin on the back of their neck.
    No, humans and dogs do not get these kind of mites. You might feel them crawling on you after holding one of the chickens but they will not stay and prefer to find a chicken. The mites are so hard to see and that was my first indication I had a problem. I would feel itchy all over after holding one of my girls.
     
  5. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Could you send me the link of the exact bottle you bought? Trying to find it, but so many to choose from! [​IMG]
     
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  7. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I`m not disputing your results, but can you tell me just what you used and how you applied it? Also, how long did you use it and how did you apply it? I have to ask because, in theory, all you have to do is drown the leg mites and the scales will rejuvinate in a month or so. I`ve had great success with any kind of oil I`ve used. Some of the posters are confusing the types of mites, but we are specifically talking about scaley leg mites. Please shed some light on this subject.......Pop
     
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    Quote:Ok, I will research it more and probably buy it, but in a smaller container. I only have 3 chickens! [​IMG]
     
  9. AnimalsComeFirst

    AnimalsComeFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I`m not disputing your results, but can you tell me just what you used and how you applied it? Also, how long did you use it and how did you apply it? I have to ask because, in theory, all you have to do is drown the leg mites and the scales will rejuvinate in a month or so. I`ve had great success with any kind of oil I`ve used. Some of the posters are confusing the types of mites, but we are specifically talking about scaley leg mites. Please shed some light on this subject.......Pop

    Well, with the vaseline I have treated once a day for a few weeks, the mineral oil I have dunked for about a week as well. I just think medicine that is meant for mites might get the job done easier and quicker.
     
  10. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I`m not disputing your results, but can you tell me just what you used and how you applied it? Also, how long did you use it and how did you apply it? I have to ask because, in theory, all you have to do is drown the leg mites and the scales will rejuvinate in a month or so. I`ve had great success with any kind of oil I`ve used. Some of the posters are confusing the types of mites, but we are specifically talking about scaley leg mites. Please shed some light on this subject.......Pop

    Well, with the vaseline I have treated once a day for a few weeks, the mineral oil I have dunked for about a week as well. I just think medicine that is meant for mites might get the job done easier and quicker.

    Is it possible you didn`t give the oily methods time to work? Even Ivermectin will not show results in less than a month. Perhaps you killed the little vamps and they are no longer present, but the scales have not had time to rejuvinate. You can`t do any better than drowning them. My method has always been to treat with oil once every couple weeks for a month and then wait to see what the scales look like at the end of the second month. Scales are not gonna look new in a month. I kinda think you might be overdoing it a little. Just my opinion, but it is possible to be impatient with anything going on in a farming situation. I think I would wait a while, after all you`ve done, to see what the legs look like in a month. Like was mentioned, it is a bit pricey, and if we are just talking leg mites, which are probably dead and gone, maybe you should be patient.

    Now, if we were talking about body lice/mites, Ivermectin works well, but so does Sevin Dust , or Permethrin. For real bad infestations, which can occur in any flock, I would recommend Adams Flea and Tick Dip. You mix it in a 5 gal bucket as directed and dip the bird up to the top of it`s neck. Ya gotta do it in warm weather obviously, but dipping and then spraying the whole coop, including nests and roosts, brings tha desired results and you don`t have to retreat in 10 days as the smell will tell you it`s still on the job for a month.

    Good luck on whatever you decide.......Pop
     

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