Scaly Leg Mites?

FunOnABun

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While tending the quail hutch and checking birds over this evening; noticed some raised scales on one of my hens. The dark splotch is just dried poop with some sand from their dust bath stuck on. They are in the middle of molting, so I’m not sure if they are just shedding their old scales or if this might be mites...thoughts?
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Meg-in-MT

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It looks like mites to me. In my opinion, the best thing to do is slather their legs in bag balm or Vaseline, I know some have used coconut oil. The coating will choke them out and condition scales until they smooth out or come off. I know a fella that adds betadine to the mixture, as well.
 

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Vaseline, Bag Balm, cooking oil....

Not DE.

I'd remove all bedding for a week and treat the legs daily for a week or two.
 

FunOnABun

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Vaseline, Bag Balm, cooking oil....

Not DE.

I'd remove all bedding for a week and treat the legs daily for a week or two.
So definitely mites, then? Shoot. I currently only have two hens and they are wilder than snot, so catching them for anything usually does more harm than good. I’m already planning on adding more birds this spring (through hatching eggs), so I think I’ll process these two out and completely sanitize the hutch before adding any new birds in.

This is my first go-round with mites in over five years of chicken keeping and one year of quail keeping and I just had a new hutch built by a gentleman who raises birds of his own...could the mites have come in on/in the wood he used for the hutch? The quail have been in it for over a month now.
 

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After some reading up on mites it seems the kind under the scales are more like chiggers so they need to be suffocated and repeat to kill the ones not yet hatched.
So like @Kiki said not DE but yes for the lube.
 
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