Raised scales. Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Ducclelover10, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. Ducclelover10

    Ducclelover10 Overrun With Chickens

    One of our chickens has raised scales on her feet and one of the scales fell off. Could this be some kind of disease?
    Here is a pic.

  2. kellysmall87

    kellysmall87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Check her for mites around her vent and under wings. Usually causes scales to lift.
  3. TimBaumann

    TimBaumann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2012
    Pretty sure it's a mild case of scaly leg mites! If so it is very easy to treat! :) I'm busy treating my little rooster for this at he moment! The easiest and also a reliable way to treat it it to use vaseline! I soaked his legs in some warm water and epsom salst solution (1 teaspoon / gallon of water) and very gently scrubbed his legs clean with a old, soft toothbrush! After that I dried his feet and aplied a very thick layer of vaseline! You might ask why vaseline? Well, the thing causing the scales to raise are mites. Tiny creatures that have settled under the scales and are multiplying there! In order to live they obviously need oxygen and covering the feet with veseline suffocates them! Repeat the treatment 2 or 3 times to be sure and after 2 or 3 weeks the old scales should fall off and new ones should come in!

    Tip: Treat your hen at night when she is already on the roost so the vaseline can suffocate over the entire night! Also cover the hens' head with a small cloth so she can't see. This will make her keep completely calm ad quiet!

    I hope this helps and that your hen actually has scaly leg mites and not something else! Search for "Is this scaly leg mites?" in the search bar and the first thread is the one I started when my little roo first got them! There are some nice pictures on there that you can use to compare to your hen!
    Good luck!
  4. Ducclelover10

    Ducclelover10 Overrun With Chickens

    Thank you!

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