Scaly leg - can I use.....

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BigBossPants, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. BigBossPants

    BigBossPants New Egg

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    I know this topic has been done to death, so sorry in advance.
    I was planning to scrub the legs with warm water and a toothbrush, then apply vaseline daily. Is there anything I may have at home which I can mix with it or use instead which could help? I am about to give the coop a scrub and a dusting with DE and also put some in their dirt bath. I also have 'Advantage' (Imidacloprid 100g/L), would this assist?
    Many thanks!
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi. DE will not do you any good. I would coat the legs with vaseline or anything that's thick and greasy, and put it on in the direction against the scales. What I've also done is coated the vaseline with some Sevin dust or poultry dust. You could use the dust without the vaseline if you want.
     
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  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    There are many types of treatments people use. Since these very small mites (Knemidocoptes mutans) are hidden underneath leg and foot scales, a topical must penetrate underneath the scales. The added benefit of a miticide adds a bang to treatment. I use a product called Nustrock, which is a natural mange treatment composed of sulfur, pine oil, & mineral oil in a tube. I used to keep a sulfur salve on hand but cannot find it anymore. Anyway, Nustock is like a paste, so I like to thin it to the consistency of paint. I add Jojoba oil to thin it in a 6 oz plastic tub with a screw on cap. I always keep a box of disposable nitrile gloves and baby wipes on hand. I Inspect legs regularly and if I see any evidence of scaley mites (raised scales) I wear a head lamp, take each hen off the roost at night, cradle her in one arm, massage the solution up and down the entire legs and toes, so it penetrates under scales like Seminole mentioned. A couple times a week should clear it up in a month on average depending on how bad the infestation is. Older birds seem more likely to get this condition than younger birds.

    Keeping the roosts treated with a good roost paint every month or two makes a difference. Roosts need to be treated top, sides, and bottom. Emulsified concentrates have more residual and there are a number of products labeled safe for use on and around poultry. Gardstar 40%, Ravap EC, Atroban 11% EC are a few which work very well. Always follow label instructions, of course. I have experimented with natural use of orange oil, neem oil, etc. over the years and none worked as a preventative. When I was a kid, my Dad used a solution of diesel oil thinned with kerosene or Black Leaf 40 (nicotine sulfate) diluted with oil, which were very effective. I don't recommend those treatments anymore, and Black Leaf 40 was taken off the market in the early 90's I think.
     
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  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Since I always have a bottle of horse fly spray around, I have been known to give the legs a few spritzes a few times and 5 days apart. Conventional? Yea, it kills mites, used for animals. I do not spray their whole body with it, just the legs.
     

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