Ok so as of about a week ago we bought chicks of which we are housing on my cousins land since we live in town but we just noticed a couple days ago that my cousins birds have scaly leg. So far my cousins birds have not come in contact with our chicks but later on they will have to be outside (out of the "man cave"), but my question is are we doomed if they spread to our birds? How long does it take to get rid of the mites on their birds? Will they go dormant in the soil or where ever until the birds can be their host again or will they starve and die? Will my birds catch mites from their birds even if they are housed in separate barns on the same land? My birds I am really hoping to be able to show at the County and State Fairs but I know scaly leg mites are unacceptable to be able show the birds (their birds they just use for farm fresh eggs). So is there a way that my sister and I can prevent our chicks from getting the mites? Also how are the mites transferred? Is it by contact as in on the ground, by the birds being in the affected coop? Is it possible for our birds to be in a cage near theirs and not catch the mites?? So if chickens naturally dust bathe to relieve themselves of parasites if we were to put a container of dirt that they could "fluff" in would that cure the problem of them getting in under their scales?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I would really prefer to go the natural route if possible especially since that is the whole reason they got their birds. Like maybe coating their legs with vitamin E oil, anyone know if that would work? Would that kill the mites or just deter them? I mean it is an oil after all? I am not new to raising chickens.. these were NOT Easter presents (before we moved to the city I owned my own small poultry business for 7 years but I have never had any problem or potential problem with Scaly Leg Mites on site until this year, my cousins birds are the ones infected with it, mine are not showing any signs of them yet..).