Scaly-Leg Mites


In the Brooder
Jan 11, 2016
I'm pretty sure one of my chickens has scaly-leg mites. I bought her full grown and her legs looked that way since I've bought her. I'll be honest, I'm new and just thought her legs looked like that due to her breed and didn't think anything of it. She moved around fine and there were no issues for about 6 months. Well, now she can barely walk and her legs seem seized up (happened within days). As I was researching what could be wrong with her, I came across scaly-leg mites and it hit me that she's had those all along. I know how to get rid of them now through the different remedies. My question is, is it too late? Will she recover once they're gone or is she permanently lame now?


Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Apr 3, 2011
southern Ohio
Welcome to BYC. Scaly leg mites can actually get so bad that toes will fall off. It would really be great to see a picture of her legs so that we can help you. As for treatment of leg mites, washing the legs in warm soapy water using an old toothbrush to gently loosen scales is good. Dry thoroughly, and then apply something such as castor oil, vaseline, vegetable oil, or other oils once a week rubbing it under scales.

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