Scaly leg?! Maybe?!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NineChickens, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. NineChickens

    NineChickens Chirping

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    I've been told one of my girls looks like she has scaly leg! Does she really? I tried looking at pictures online and hers look nothing like that. I looked at her legs for a minute to see if I could see anything moving. :( 20180315_144913.jpg 20180315_144905.jpg 20180315_144926.jpg 20180315_144932.jpg 20180315_144942.jpg im really worried :oops:
     

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  2. Chicken-lovebirdchihuahua

    Chicken-lovebirdchihuahua Crowing

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    That happens to mine I hope it’s ok
     
  3. micstrachan

    micstrachan Free Ranging

    I have a couple like that and yes, I do think it’s a mild case of scaly leg mite, which is easy to treat. Those legs look clean, so I would just apply a good, safe grease like Vaseline or coconut oil to smother the mites. I’ve heard Vic’s vaporub works, too. Interested to see what others think of your photos.
     
  4. Abriana

    Abriana Spicy Sugar Cookie

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    Some of my hens legs look like that. The scales aren’t going to lie perfectly flat all the time, they will look raised at some points, but it may not mean there’s an issue. To be safe, sprinkle DE thru the bedding and put Vaseline on her legs. Hope it’s not a mite issue!
     
  5. NineChickens

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    Would petroleum jelly work if I just smear it on their legs? Also, last weekend when I cleaned I sprinkled their house and dusted them with Red lake earth diatomaceous. Would that help at all?
     
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  6. Abriana

    Abriana Spicy Sugar Cookie

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    Vaseline and petroleum jelly are actally the same thing :)
    Yup that should work!
     
  7. NineChickens

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    Would I need to redust the coop?
     
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  8. Abriana

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    If you did it last week I don’t think it needs it again, but if you feel like you should, you can. It wouldn’t hurt at all. And remember, mites may not be the issue at all! But better safe than sorry.
     
  9. BF Vince

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    I've been dealing with scaly leg mites for almost 2 months. My little red hen has it the worst and some of the hens don't have it at all. I have 7 hens. 3 of them have it. One the worst. So I tried several different things that I read on this forum. Red hen was looking much better, but after almost 2 months they still are not cleared up. Today I see they are worse again. I just treated all 7 a week ago. It's quite an ordeal to treat 7 hens every week. Getting sick of doing it. How can I get rid of these things once and for all and where are they coming from?
     
  10. NineChickens

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    Maybe try making a new thread about this? I dont have any answers for you, sorry.
     

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