please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ElbrusFarms, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. ElbrusFarms

    ElbrusFarms In the Brooder

    Aug 29, 2011
    Longbranch, WA
    I just got this handsome guy but the skin on his legs looks looks dry and it normal?[​IMG]

  2. ChickensRDinos

    ChickensRDinos Songster

    Aug 19, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Could it be scaly leg mites?
  3. Suzie

    Suzie Crowing

    Jul 9, 2009
    I think chickensaredino's is right....

    I enlarged the photograph and yes his legs look as if he has scaly leg mites... you can treat easily with applying vaseline to his legs, massage in well from his toes up to where his leg feathers start - a few times over the next week or two should solve the problem!

  4. ElbrusFarms

    ElbrusFarms In the Brooder

    Aug 29, 2011
    Longbranch, WA
    Thank you!! Should I keep him away fom my hens meanwhile???
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    For scaly leg mites (you should be able to see lifting of the scales on the legs if that is what it is) you need to treat for 2 weeks because of the life cycle of the mites, and what I have done is to dip the legs daily in mineral oil (veg oil would work) to smother the mites. They will die - bag balm didn't work for me as well as oil but then I have only treated it 3 times and maybe it was a harder case to treat or something.

    Ivermectin pour on also is effective but technically you I believe need a vet to prescribe it when used as an insecticide (it is available without prescription).

    Scaly leg mites also occasionally attack the face, so you can smear some oil over the comb and wattles if necessary. This will work its way through the flock if you allow the bird to roost with the others before the bugs are killed. I allowed my 3 birds (one at a time - was the case) that I have treated in the past- to flock with the others and roost with them, taking the chance and since I treated it daily I was fortunate and it didn't spread through the flock. But I also was dusting the coop and spraying things.

    Best to be safe and quarantine if possible. A month long quarantine is recommended anyway with a new chicken- even then there are diseases where they are asymptomatic carriers and can pass quarantine.
    He is a handsome boy!

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