OMG OMG ick ick ick YUCK!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by GrannySue, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. GrannySue

    GrannySue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Scaly leg mites!

    My 2 mutts developed scaly leg mites and I didn't notice until it was pretty (I mean ugly) far gone.
    They've always had chunky legs anyway but one day last week I noticed that instead of pink, their legs were black. And much chunkier.

    I am such a bad chickem mommy for not noticing sooner!

    I Googled leg mite images and confirmed that's what it was. Then I read almost everything I could find here and in my books and elsewhere. (Hey, did you know there are other chicken places on the web? Can't figure out why they bother. [​IMG])

    So, both girls have had their legs massaged with Vaseline twice, and I've sprayed the others' legs with Pam in case the mites get mad and look for more victims. The affected girls' legs look better already.

    I'll give the henhouse a huge cleanout as soon as the feed store gets more DE which should be on Friday.

    OMG OMG ick ick ick YUCK!
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    You poor thing!!!

    ICK is right!

    Eww eww eww
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    DE is good for a lot of things but will not KILL any mites that are hiding in the coop. You have to use a pesticide like Sevin dust or Sevin liquid. In the case of mites I would go with the liquid. That way you can spray the corners and cracks of the coop and kill them right where they like to live. After airing out really well add fresh bedding and you should be good to go.
    The dried liquid will continue to kill so if anything else tries to move in it will take care of them.
  4. GrannySue

    GrannySue Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't get Sevin here on the island, does Dri-Kill work on leg mites?
    Otherwise it's a trip on the ferry for me on Thursday.

    Edit I found out in another thread that Sevin isn't available in Canada any more without a pesticide licence. I also found out that Dri-Kill is better than nothing for mites, especially when it's dusted onto perches and nest boxes.
    Guess I'd better do my major cleanout this afternoon since rain is forecast (at last! Yay!) for the next few days.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2009
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Leg mite generally live on the roosts.
    You can paint them with any type of oil to kill them

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by