Legs are kinda scaly looking, is this normal?


10 Years
Mar 12, 2009
This little hen is my favorite.. and her legs are a little scaly looking. She appears to be 100% healthy and happy, but I wanted to check.. is this normal? Is there something wrong with her?



Chicken Ambassador
10 Years
Jan 26, 2009
Bagshot Row
Do a search on scaly leg mites and see if it sounds/looks familiar. I'm not knowledgable enough to tell for sure, but it looks suspicious.


11 Years
May 19, 2008
East Bethel MN
Definately looks like the beginings of scaly leg mites. Coat the legs in vasoline or other petrolium based product. VetRX works wonders too. I'd be dilligent and apply twice a day for at least 1 week straight. Dust or spray the roosts with poultry dust or poultry protector (all natural) or adams flea and tick spray with IGR. I have alot of feather footed chickens so i have dealt with this alot. VetRX works best for me or even vicks vapor rub would be good.

Guinea Goonie

Roosting Elsewhere
11 Years
Sep 2, 2008
Peace Valley in Howell County Missouri
This IS scaly leg mites. Is this bird a new one or have you had it for some time?

If you have had it you will need to treat your coop.
I use WD40 on the roosts and DE on the floor.

Sevin dust at 5 percent is OK, but be mindful for your birds.

You can spray the WD40 directly on the birds legs and then use Vaseline or my favorite, pine tar.

Vet Rx is OK, but it contains Phenol and I would be mindful of its persistent use.

I have a little roo that had leg mites when I got him. I used the WD40 only and he has molted out to be fine.

Also, check for red mites and lice on your birds.

Remember, lice, mites and such are a fact of keeping a flock of chickens. DO NOT be embarrassed by their presence.

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