Scaley leg mite...treatment?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by juliawitt, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. juliawitt

    juliawitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I inherited two older chickens; I've had them for almost a month. I have a brand new hen house. They have been segregated in another part of the hen house from my 5 week old chicks. Just thinking about a little trial meeting between the two this weekend when I noticed that both chickens have raised scales on their legs. I believe I have mites. Clearly I will have to treat all my chickens and my house..but..what is the most effective thing I can do....I keep reading about Sevin dust...sounds a little posionous to me...I need effective treatment fast!Give me your best ideas for treatment..please!!
     
  2. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    petroleum jelly
     
  3. SunshineSilkies

    SunshineSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's what I use too...best thing....[​IMG]
     
  4. juliawitt

    juliawitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That will kill the mites? How about the house....won't I need to do something in there?[​IMG]
     
  5. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can dust everyone with poultry dust and the coop. For the floor you can pull the bedding away from the wall a few inches, sprinkle the poultry dust and push the bedding back. Sprinkle the roosts especially where there are cracks or where 2 pieces of wood meet.

    Apply a moderately thick coat of vaseline to the legs every few days. It will smother the mites. I did read somewhere that you can mix a little poultry dust with the vaseline before applying and it will work faster.

    Good luck. Tomorrow sounds like a busy day for you.
     
  6. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Here is a copy of threehorses' excellent advice to another:
    copied from this thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=2740856

    =First, soak the bird's legs in a solution of warm water with some epsom salts in it to soften the scales. Mites are actually burrowed into the skin of the leg and are causing irritation and build up of stuff which is raising the scales and irritating the skin. The soaking softens up the stuff. You then use a toothbrush to scrub at the legs to remove whatever build up you can. Pat the legs dry.

    Then you can either use ivomec 1% injectable topically on the legs, or you can use pour-on ivermectin 5% cattle wormer on the bird - IF - your birds have been wormed within 6 months with a broad spectrum wormer.

    Personally, I'd recommend the scrub, worm your flock with wazine 17 (piperazine 17) in the water, and use olive oil on the legs or VetRx daily for 2 weeks then worm them with the pour-on ivermectin (generic, 250ml bottles are the most affordable option). Worming all the flock with ivermectin will kill external parasites as it's likely other birds in the flock have mites but not signs of it yet on the legs. But you have more than one option there.​
     
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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    For some reason I only had one hen get scaley leg mites. Her legs were awful. I put Vaseline on her legs and feet..very liberally. I did this once a week for three weeks in a row. Her legs look pretty good now.
     
  8. 13newbabies

    13newbabies Out Of The Brooder

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    Can someone post a picture of these "scaly legs" when the chickens have mites? I don't know what it looks like, and I THINK my chickens are ok, but their legs do look a little scaly...Thanks so much
     
  9. 1-duckling

    1-duckling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just went through this myself after introducing two new older birds to the flock. I ended up using Red Cote. It has scarlet oil in it and is used to dress livestock wounds. Usually found in the horse section. After cleaning the legs really good with baby shampoo and a nail brush we applied the Red Cote using the dauber applicator in the bottle. That stuff oozes into every nook and cranny and stays on the birds all week. Did this once a week for four weeks. Rather expensive and messy but it did the job. Also used seven dust mixed with DE in all of their dusting holes and all perimeters around their house out about 25 feet. Then I cleaned every bit of bedding out of the house and sprayed the whole inside with a 10% periythiam (I can't spell it but it's for bugs on livestock) liquid mix and sealed it shut all day. Seems to have worked. The really lifted scales fell off within a month of the treatment. Didn't think to take pictures. Scarlet oil really stains so it looked like a bloody massacre took place in the chicken house. [​IMG]
     
  10. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

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