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Please help! Scaly leg mite?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kanat, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Kanat

    Kanat Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Polish Crested hen that I recently had to separate from the other chicken because she got almost all her head feathering pecked by the others (Old English Game Bantam rooster and his 2 hens and a Silkie). I also have two new 9 week old Rhode Island chicks in a separate pen.

    One day last week the Polish hen got "lame." She has been now treated with Tylan and Albon. I have also added Apple Cider Vinegar to their water. I have also started adding Vaseline to the Polish hens legs bacause they looked very crusty and I have just learned about the scaly leg mite. Silkies legs look also very crusty but she is doing great & laying eggs.

    After the Vaseline tratments the Polish hens legs have been losing the crust and she is moving a bit more. I think she has a scaly leg mite? I don't understand that how did she get it. Stressed?

    My co-worker told me about Ivermectin. I should give it to all the chicken 0.2 mg/kg orally now, and then again in 10 days? Sounds OK?

    Do I need to treat their coop & how?

    Any other ideas? Please help me.

    Many Thnaks,
    Kanat
     
  2. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Sounds like it. Any oil/grease-based product ought to smother them. Bag Balm, Desitin, whatever. Ivermectin should kill any that maybe you can't see yet, and whatever other mites and parasites, except tapeworm. ED: Do remember that you are not supposed to eat or sell eggs of recently treated hens. I give them to the dog.
     
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  3. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicken book I got from the library yesterday said to dip their legs in alcohol.
     
  4. Kanat

    Kanat Out Of The Brooder

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    Does the immunity of the bird have to do something with scaly leg mite infestation? The other birds seem to be just fine (except the Polish; the Silkie has scales but she is fine).

    Do regular feed stores or Home Depot or Lowes sell "Sevin?" and should I put it in the chicken coop after cleaning it??

    Is Scaly leg mite likely to come back in the future if I just can get rid of it now?

    THANKS!!!!!


    Kanat, NC
     
  5. Kanat

    Kanat Out Of The Brooder

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    Christy,

    This is exactly why I am confused. There are SO MANY ways to treat this condition!!!!!!!!

    Kanat, NC
     
  6. chickenma

    chickenma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anybody have a picture so I can see how it looks like
    Thanks [​IMG]
     
  7. bantyhaven

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    hey guys & girls,i had that problem a few month back,i dipped there feet in crisco oil and that solved that problem,haven;t had any leg mites problem lately.[​IMG]
     
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Found this image of scaly leg mites for you: (this is quite advanced)
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[[Making a mental note]] [​IMG]
     
  10. Kanat

    Kanat Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    Vaseline has already helped [​IMG] I gave them Ivermectin today and cleaned and applied Sevin to the coop.

    I feel bad that the mite got so far and "ate" the Polish hens legs before I noticed! She must be more sensitive to them than the others?

    Kanat, NC
     

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