Scaly leg mites??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mirmle, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. mirmle

    mirmle In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2007
    Ingersoll, ON Canada
    Hi everyone,
    I have spent the last few hours looking on the net trying to find out if my girls have a "condition"...I have come up with them possibly having scaly are few and far between, but there are varying opinions on what makes them go away...any suggestions??? Seems there are medications, drops, sprays, powders, and some say just drown them??? I want to do what evers best so I'm counting on my byc buds to steer me in the right direction...also, if meds are the way to go, will it affect the eggs??Looking for help, and I know I'm looking in the right place.
    Thanks in advance,
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2007
  2. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Songster

    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    Rub vasaline or mineral oil on their legs, enough to cover all the scales but not too much. The mites smother and die.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2007
  3. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Lakeland, Ga
    Wd-40 works as quick and is as effective as anything, But you will need to treat your coops and runs as well with an approved insectiside, I personally use ravap mixed with vegetable oil. for a longer lasting residue
  4. paganfish

    paganfish Songster

    Sep 15, 2007
    Fleming, Colorado
    a couple of my bantys have these things on their legs too. I have heard of Tea Tree Oil/Mineral Oil rub but what does one use for the coop? I ordered some Di Earth (DE) for lice because I've seen them on my reds, will that do the trick on the mites too? Or should I have any added stuff?

  5. Tea Tree oil ointment or the oil mixed in with some vegy oil to make a 10% solution works.

    They only part of the coop I have ever treated is the perchs, and you just need to oil them as well.

    Body mites are more persistant and usually require that you spray the coop with an insecticide and replace the bedding. That will not work of course if you don't solve the source, which is usually wild birds or their poop coming in contact with your birds. If you let them range and can't prevent contact cedar shavings up to about 10% of the bedding works well to keep control naturally as does DE.
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, the key here is to smother the culprit on the legs. Some things work better than others. 50% raw linseed oil and 50% kerosene placed in a empty coffee can, dipping the legs in and repeating in 10days works also.

  7. chickensinMT

    chickensinMT In the Brooder

    May 28, 2007
    Churchill MT
    can someone post a picture of scaly mites?
  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR

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