Leg mites , help !!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mssmartypantsxx, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. mssmartypantsxx

    mssmartypantsxx Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2013
    New Zealand
    so my chook hermy has quite a bad case of leg mites. He can barely walk and s/he is always laying down. We bought her in this condition and i think it's appauling. What can i do to soothe it, i leave him standing in a bowl of water with iodine for at least half an hour then i dry it thoroughly and put vasali eon it. I see no improvements, any other suggestions?
  2. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

    Sep 2, 2008
    Esk Qld Australia
    You will need to reapply the Vaseline every day until you see improvements. Really coat the legs in it. May take a couple of weeks if it is a really bad case.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2013
  3. mssmartypantsxx

    mssmartypantsxx Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2013
    New Zealand

    this is one foot
  4. Suzie

    Suzie Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 9, 2009
    Coat the legs up to where the feathers start... there is no quick fix for this... if you apply a thick coat of vaseline you should only need to apply once a week, however, ALL of your chickens will need the same treatment, it may take a couple of weeks until you see the new scales appearing

    You can try to remove some of the build-up under the scales, it is best to use a soft brush and gently remove the gunk, best after a nice warm soak in water, be careful as the feet can bleed and iodine is excellent for minimising any bacterial infection... you are doing a great job!
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  5. mollychick2013

    mollychick2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 23, 2013
    A couple chickens of ours we had got came with leg mites. I used olive oil and dunked their feet in it twice a day for about 2 weeks and it was gone. Also, if youve had them awhile and then got it... I suggest removing all straw/hay whatever you use in your coop area and replace it. There might be somehting there that is causing it. (Make sure no swampy areas in their general area or in the coop)
  6. mssmartypantsxx

    mssmartypantsxx Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2013
    New Zealand
    i've had them for less then a week. The poor chook.I'm glad we were able to save her
  7. Lee Ann Lynn

    Lee Ann Lynn Out Of The Brooder

    May 24, 2013
    Use Frontline for mites. Just a drop on the back of their neck.
  8. ChicknsRock

    ChicknsRock Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 4, 2013
    Apply a mixture of sulfur and olive oil on its feet. The sulfur kills the mites and they can't stand the olive oil.
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I'd dip his feet in either olive oil, vegetable oil, or mineral oil once a day for a few weeks. This should smother the mites and soften the scales. While you're soaking the legs, you can gently scrub with a toothbrush to remove any crusty material or old scales. Petroluem jelly can also be used, as can something called VetRx. His scales may never return fully to normal (they'll probably always be a little raised up), but at least he won't have any more mites hopefully.
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