leg mites

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gingkitten, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. gingkitten

    gingkitten Hatching

    Jan 6, 2014
    I've been given 2 new girls and they have leg mites. We have cleaned them and treated with oil just wondering how long it takes for them to be gone completely. They are in a dog carrier at the moment since the new coop isn't fully built yet and have them in my bathroom so they can get out and stretch their legs. Their combs are not particularly bright so have given them some yogurt and put Rosemary leaves in the straw is there anything else I can do to get them healthy? I have had my other girls about 6 months so fairly new Chicken lover here.

  2. Alright and [​IMG] glad to have you onboard [​IMG]

    Sounds like you have been doing your reading [​IMG]

    Try this hard boil an egg or two let cool and peal and use
    a fork to mash and serve, bet they will like it [​IMG]

    Just keep doing what you are doing so far [​IMG]

    So what are you feeding your chickens [​IMG]

    If you have any questions [​IMG]

    gander007 [​IMG]
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] To BYC!

    Leg mites can be persistant. There are products out there specifically for leg mites. Or you can also use vaseline or olive oil. You are trying to smother them. Repeat the treatment in a few days and again a few days after that. You should also spray some permethrin spray on and under the roost bar. Get all the cracks. Clean out the nest boxes, and spray there as well. You might do an entire coop clean up too. Can't hurt. Spray everything down.

    You might also add some probiotics to the feed or water and maybe alternate with some apple cider vinegar and plain water during the week. ACV, (apple cider vinegar) 1 to 2 tablespoons per gallon of water, changed daily. Both of these will boost the immune system.

    Good luck with your babies and enjoy BYC!
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  5. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! X2 try posting on the Emergencies board about your girls, you might want to consider worming them if you haven't, in case they have other parasites besides mites. Leg mites can take quite a while to resolve, and if you are using oil, like TwoCrows said, you need to keep reapplying it http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/03/scaly-leg-mites-in-chickens.html
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. In addition to the oiling, I would recommend spraying the legs with Permethrin spray.

  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  9. Do you have an update for us on the leg mites ????? [​IMG]
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC!

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