Scaly Leg Mites?! Feathers falling out?! please help.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by OldEnglishGameBantam33, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. OldEnglishGameBantam33

    OldEnglishGameBantam33 Free Ranging

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    Last week I notice that my Buff Orpington Hen Popcorn had lost more feathers than the rest of my flock. I just noticed it and moved on assuming it was just the effects of molting season. however, today I saw that her whole back and butt was bare. no tail feathers left. It could just be over molting, (if that's possible). But she is missing a lot of feathers.:(
    Another thing I noticed was her toe scales were raised so this set me off a bit I am suspecting scaly leg mites but I am not sure. (the middle toe is not captured well in the picture but, it is raised a lot)
    I have attached some photos. Tell me what you think! thanks!:jumpy IMG_6040.jpg IMG_6036.jpg IMG_6038.jpg IMG_6037.jpg IMG_6040.jpg IMG_6036.jpg IMG_6038.jpg IMG_6037.jpg IMG_6040.jpg
     
  2. Texas Kiki

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    Yes, she does have scaly leg mites.
    Applying some type of oil, vaseline or bag balm to her legs for a week or so will smother and kill the mites.
     
  3. OldEnglishGameBantam33

    OldEnglishGameBantam33 Free Ranging

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    thankyou!:ya
    Do you know why she is losing a lot of feathers?:hmm Is it customary for leg mites?
     
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  4. Adam368741

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    it's a pain but vasoline for 7-14 days will work I used to use gas in severe cases so it would kill them faster gas dip and then dry and apply A+D after and for a couple of days. In extreme cases you may have to dip twice. It looks like leg mites how the scales are raised and the feather loss could be from stress.
     
  5. puffypoo

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    I think leg mites are just for the legs. There are other parasites that cause feather loss like that. Can you check and see if you can find eggs in the feather shafts or little bugs?
     
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  6. Texas Kiki

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    Usually when they lose feathers it means they are molting.
    Are you in the US?
     
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  7. OldEnglishGameBantam33

    OldEnglishGameBantam33 Free Ranging

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    yes, but it seems like she is molting more than the others. Her whole back and butt is bare
     
  8. Adam368741

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    Go to the local feed store and ask them where there sevin dust is hold your bird upside down and dust it under its feathers it'll kill any bugs
     
  9. rebrascora

    rebrascora Free Ranging

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    Photos of her feather loss would also be helpful. It may be moulting or it may be mating damage if you have any males in the flock, especially adolescent ones or it may be feather picking either due to parasites or boredom/bullying. Some birds just lose a small number of feathers at a time and others have a hard moult and look half bald almost overnight. You should see pin feathers coming in if it is moulting.
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

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    Can you post some photos of her?
     

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