Leg Mites? How to Treat? Please Help! Pics. Included!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ChickLover98, Aug 17, 2010.

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  1. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Hi. This is Jasper. We rescued him from our neighbor who had four other bigger roos, Jasper was always getting beaten up and fought for his food. We decided to rescue him and try for chicks in the fall. My neighbor let him free range on their property, which was really rough because there was debris everywhere like scraps of metal and barbed wire. When we got him, his feet were in bad shape. They are slowly clearing up, but I want to know... Is it leg mites or are they just beat up?

    Here is a pic:

    Here he is:

    Hope someone can help!! Thanks!
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  2. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    PLEASE HELP!!! I've never really gotten no responses.
  3. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    No one replies to my posts as usual... [​IMG]
  4. epitidios

    epitidios Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2010
    There is some special earth called Diatomaceous earth. This is the ultimate parasite killer. Apart from mites on legs, it will also kill possible invaders on the feathers too. I guess you can find this in any kind of pet shop. Make sure that you buy the one that is safe if the birds eat it. There is also a version of this earth that is used on buildings....

    BYC is really cool. I found info about this helpful kind of Earth here.
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Looks like leg mites to me. I've never had to treat for them but I know the concept is to coat the legs in any kind of oil or petroleum jelly to smother them. Apparently it has to be repeated daily for a couple of weeks. Then a gentle scrubbing to get the damaged scales off.

    Do a search above for scaly leg mites, there should be lots of info. Poor guy, glad you got him!
    He's a handsome rooster!
  6. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    Hmm... thanks, but my other question is Is it really leg mites or is it from his bad living conditions at his old home?
  7. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    One problem with the treatment... Jasper wont let me get anywhere near him. He's so scared of people.
  8. geepy

    geepy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
    central FL
    I usually put vaseline on the legs and dust the chicken with seven dusts for the mites. I put the vaseline on everyday till his feet look better. For some reason only my roosters gets mites.
  9. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    First, take a deep breath and try to relax. Old people like me take time to wake up... [​IMG]

    First, always remember when you adopt, buy, or rescue a chicken, they need to be quarantined. Scaley leg mites live in the coop as well as on the chicken, so everything will need to be cleaned. Pull all the litter out and clean the coop thoroghly. Dust the coop with sevin dust, and replace with clean litter. Remove the bird, and soak his legs in lukewarm water for a few minutes. Find a soft bristled brush and gently scrub his legs and feet thoroughly- you can use a diluted betadine/iodine solution for this. Once clean, dry the legs thoroughly and apply a thick coat of vaseline. You may also want to check the roo over for other types of mites, whilst you have him handy.

    Good luck with your new boy. [​IMG] He's a handsome devil...
  10. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
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