scaly leg mites

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kyrose, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    i think my bantam cochin has scaly leg mites.i looked up a pic on here and thats what it looks like.i already put vasoline on her but was wondering if i could use canola oil cooking spray? ( i found some and seems it would be easier to apply) if so how often should i spray her? how long before shes better? i have her inside because i dont want the rest of my flock to get it.
    thanks for any info...
  2. have you tried bag balm, for her legs, and DE for the rest of her. marrie
  3. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 26, 2008
    Pine County MN
    oh heck. these can be very very hard to get rid of, I've been trying to clean up a banty for about 6 months now.
    1. yes you can use oil, but vaseline or bag balm sticks better and lasts longer
    2. if you haven't wormed y our chickens lately, consider ivermectin drops (search for dosage) as it kills the scaly leg mites. I'm not a fan of overmedicating, but given my lack of success in eradicating the scaly leg mites, I'ld go for the meds
    3. clean out your coop, oil up the roosts, and start preventive oiling/vaselining of your other chickens - once a week.
    4. FYI, i've tried: vaseline, veggie oil, wd40 ( i was desperate), camphofenique, bag balm,ivermectin (cleared it up in the other hens), veterX, tea tree oil.

    I'm back to once a week greasing on all chickens, and every other day with the poor featherfooted banty (she came with mites when I got her).

    good luck!
  4. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    no, so far just the vasoline.i always keep D E in the coop and in their food...
  5. kyrose

    kyrose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    Quote:are those drops something you put in their water ?
  6. thefishery

    thefishery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2009
    What is DE? I don't know all my chicken acronyms [​IMG]

    Jake the rooster has scaly leg mites. I've been treating him with baby oil and Vaseline but nothing has changed. I look up treatments and get a vast array of everything you can imagine. In a google search, someone had taken their chicken to the vet and they told them to use ivermectin. Where can I find that? Is it sold at TSC or Southern States or is it something I'd have to get from the vet?

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by